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Spotify Demos Android App

Gordon Kelly


There was a sharp intake of breath when we caught the first Spotify iPhone app in February but with Apple's notorious App Store regulations perhaps Android is the more realistic bet...

Today the innovative streaming music company has shown off its first Spotify Android app and despite being described as "very much still a work in progress" it takes the features seen on the iPhone version to the next level.

The key difference in this latest demo is the addition of an Offline mode which allows users to store tracks in advance for times when there is either poor or no signal available (London Underground high five). Furthermore playlists between desktop and mobile user profiles synchronise over the air (OTA) meaning whenever you make an change on one platform it is reflected almost instantly on the other. Nifty.

In an attempt to temper wild celebration Spotify warns: "To head off the inevitable questions, we don't have any more details on when it will be available, etc. Also, this isn't the only mobile app we're working on, so stay tuned to this space for all sorts of cool stuff in the future."

Windows Mobile is thought to be the next target for Spotify's attention and if Apple doesn't loosen up its approval process it may well be gifting the ultimate iPhone/iTunes killer app to its rivals...


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May 28, 2009, 7:32 pm

I want it, enough said. :P Seriously though, if this gets released for Android it may be enough for me to go out and buy a new phone, even if the contracts are a little too expensive for my tastes.


May 28, 2009, 7:41 pm

Now make sure we can get Spotify in the Netherlands. I can't wait to try it.


May 28, 2009, 8:56 pm

I'm sure a palm pre app will be available soon than later, easy platform to develop for.

Geoff Richards

May 28, 2009, 10:08 pm

I can only assume the radio ads are also synch'ed offline too... :)

I do wonder though - what's really to stop one synching 16GB worth of playlists offline via home wifi, then just running Spotify Mobile in offline mode while you're out and about? ie never needing to hit the ITMS to charge up your iPhone.

Curious business model :)

m memmory

May 28, 2009, 10:57 pm

If this is going to be coming out sometime soon then this could be just the tip towards Android and a paid Spotify account that I need. I'm erring between the Pre and an Android handset for the past few months but this could be just the clinch.

I think this could seriously make Apple look twice at what they do/don't let through as well - this *could* be end the beginning of the end of the ITMS for music.


May 29, 2009, 1:13 am

16GB @ say 4MB a track (sounds reasonable, no?) = 4096 tracks x 03.085p per track (royalty fee - probably other costs are involved) = £348.16 cost to Spotify.

Yeah, strange business model indeed...


May 29, 2009, 3:22 am

@ Hugo

I think they'd place serious limitations on the files, such as only playable for 10 days or something before they need to be resynced or a system similar to Zune Pass? So you get unlimited streaming music and can keep 10 or so tracks a month. Otherwise it would be a bad choice business wise. But in terms of usability ABSOLUTELY BLOODY FANTASTIC!!! I really hope it makes it into the applications as it's a great idea and really deserves a chance, and would stand a chance of actually turning some Pirates into people willing to listen to a couple of ads and/or subscribers.

Does anyone else think that a good source of revenue from Spotify going mobile would be more targeted advertising? I know everyones adverse to the idea of more advertising but looking at it from the POV of Spotify who makes their living from it, I'm sure corporations would pay big money if Spotify ads could be directed to people close to their stores along the lines of "Hey we see you're close to store X, why not come in and have a look at our new Y?", which would be made possible by the GPS capabilities most smartphones now have.


May 29, 2009, 4:05 am

i imagine there'd be a limit on the number of tracks you can download at a time for offline mode.

i'm not sure if i see the point of this. unless you have wifi available will you be able to stream music over wifi satisfactorily. and it sounds like a real battery killer.

Steve Austin

May 29, 2009, 6:21 pm

I'd imagine that queued downloads would only be playable once, making the end-user experience exactly the same as now, ads and all, except they wouldn't need to be permanently connected to the net.


June 1, 2009, 7:39 pm

Lame segway: Speaking of Google - I'm extremely surprised there has been no word of Google Wave on TR - a revolution of the internet as we know it.

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