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Spotify App Launches For iPhone & Android

Gordon Kelly


It may have taken more than a week since approval, but the Spotify app is finally live in the App Store and as an unexpected bonus it has also landed on Android too...

"Today we're really excited to announce that Spotify is available to our premium subscribers for the iPhone, iPod Touch and Android platforms," said Spotify on its official blog. "The Spotify app is downloadable in both Apple's App Store and the Android Market... Launching these apps is our first step at going mobile and we'd like to thank all the people who worked hard on making this happen as well as all the partners involved in the process."

Spotify has set up a 'Mobile' section on its website to offer guidance for those looking to install either version of the handset app and do note the two caveats: 1. That you need to be a premium subscriber (99p 24 hour day passes are available for trials) and 2. Streaming your music over either 3G or WiFi will flatten your battery significantly faster than playing back music located on the device.

That said, offline playlist syncing can be done for those times when you have no signal and my first impressions of the app (on the iPhone) are that it is wonderfully intuitive and extremely fast.

If you want to see the future of music you know what to do...

Update: It seems the Spotify desktop client is soon to get an offline mode just like its mobile edition. A good spot from Pocket Lint notes in the mobile apps new Terms and Conditions that "As a subscriber to the Premium Service, you are permitted to store such cached content on up to three (3) personal computers". This would prove a particular boon for laptop users who aren't always connected to the Internet and takes Spotify yet another step closer to being a genuine iTunes rival. It also makes that Premium membership look increasingly tempting.

Update 2: Sadly Spotify's 99p 24 hour pass isn't eligible for the Spotify mobile clients. This is a real shame and a bit of an own goal if you ask me, something I'll be letting it know...

Here's the reasoning:

A Day Pass doesn't provide any premium features such as mobile or higher bit rate music, it simply removes the adverts for 24hrs." said Spotify re Providing features like "offline mode", etc which store music for 30 days aren't very practical for a 24hr period and it's easy enough to just register for a month if you're interested in testing it out for a little while. We might do more down the road to market the apps and get people to try it out but currently the only option is to register for premium.

And that's not all. Right on cue, Spotify demoed on Symbian (S60):


Spotify Mobile

Desktop offline mode (via Pocket Lint)


September 7, 2009, 3:15 pm

The Spotify website is ever so slightly confusing as to the nature of the limitations of the offline playback.

"You can store your playlists (for the duration of your subscription) &#8216offline&#8217".

Does this mean if I bought a yearly subscription, I can keep them for a year?

"You can listen to these playlists without switching back online for a maximum of 30 days, wherever you are."

Ok, so they're talking about rolling one-month subscription periods then... but in that case, what happens if I sync an offline playlist a couple of days before my subscription period ends? Will I be able to listen to those tracks for 30 days, or will they "expire" when the subscription period is over?

Is this the wrong place to be asking these questions? Probably...

Mark Booth

September 7, 2009, 3:58 pm

The terms and conditions also state that you can cache on up to three mobile devices (as well as computers) which I take to imply a kind of family license. £10/month is not cheap but £10/month for both me and my wife is a much more attractive offer.

There is nothing confirming this on the sign up screens though so further clarification would be useful.

Mark Booth

September 7, 2009, 4:07 pm

Make sure you don't purchase a 99p day pass if you want to trial on iPhone/Android as mobile is not included. You just get ad free access to the desktop app.


September 7, 2009, 4:32 pm

I think for the subscription it is only a 30 day rolling contract you can have but in essence it's yes to both questions because you have to log on at least every 30 days to 'update' them


September 7, 2009, 8:01 pm

Too expensive - Mass uptake IMO, would be round the £5 per month for the Mobile app. Or just have a one off App fee of £59.99 or something like that. Ironically, this may actually encourage more illegal music downloads as very few kids will be able to afford this.

Also I doubt the ISP's will allow the free advertising model to ever be used on their networks since they would get absolutely no financial kick-back and an even more crippled network that they already have.


September 7, 2009, 8:15 pm

I think Im getting seriously muddled up here. Is this app something like a hybrid of LastFMs streaming and Napsters premium service in that A: you get live streaming of the tunes you want over 3G/Wireless and B: you are able to store playlists to play offline, playlists which can include any number of songs/albums?

I havent used Spotify in ages as the catalogue was poor in comparrison to Napster but unfortunately at present Napster does not have the iPhone compatability (well, legal compatability). Id be very interested in switching my subscription based music service if Spotify's catalogue has caught up in the past few months and the app provided a tool of transferring my favourite subscribed albums and playists to the iphone legally.

In short, the smart thing to do would probably be to wait and see if Napsters app gets the nod and whether or not Apple get in gear and sort out a similar service soon.


September 8, 2009, 5:52 am

@Jones - Spotify has been adding music roughly at a rate of 100,000 tracks per week since launch so I'd suggest the smart thing to do would be to use the free desktop service and see how you now rate it.

There are holes, but in general I find it excellent. The app simply brings the full Spotify experience to the iPhone along with the addition of temporarily downloading tracks for listening without signal.


September 8, 2009, 4:09 pm

Thanks Gordon, I will go back and give Spotify a try on the free desktop service. A mobile sub based app is something Ive been wanting for a long time but it all comes down to track availability.

I was reading last night that the Napster app might be some way off potential release due to issues with the music licences. Bit strange considering Spotify nailed it (albeit with a smaller catalogue).

I also read the Spotify app reviews on itunes last night. So many morons out there giving it 1 star reviews.


September 8, 2009, 5:10 pm

@Jones - worth keeping an eye on either the Spotify blog or Spotify Twitter feed. For example: http://www.spotify.com/blog... "Music catalogue updated with 184,795 tracks" (just today)

1 star reviews are from idiots I'm afraid. It's like saying "That Aston Martin is rubbish because I looked at it in the garage from across the street and it's WAY MORE money than I'd be prepared to pay for a car!"


September 9, 2009, 3:27 am

Off topic a bit, but just used the PC version of Spotify to listen to an album I was interested in. First time I have used it in a while and I noticed the frequency of adds has increased! Got an Ad after the first track and 2 more during one album - and one of them was 2 ads in a row! Last time I used it in anger only got 1 advert every 4-6 tracks. Hmmmmm, commercial reality setting in? Hope I was just unlucky as the current intrusion rate was too high for me. I know it's free, but 4 adverts in 11 songs was a bit too much I feel.


September 9, 2009, 10:52 pm

@ steve32

yeah sometimes mine is like that too, getting a load of ads in a short ammount of songs but there are still other times that I go ages without an advert so it seems to balance out in the scheme of things

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