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iOS 4 Spotify App Now Available

Andy Vandervell


iOS 4 Spotify App Now Available

As was discussed extensively in both our iPhone 4 review and iOS 4 Features review, if you want to multi-task using either then the applications you use must support it. One application that's been crying out for an update is Spotify, and that update has finally arrived!

Unsurprisingly the ability to multi-task is top of the list of features, but that's not all that's been added. Also new is the What's New tab, pictured above, which does exactly what it says on the tin - i.e. show you what's new. This is split into News Releases, Top Tracks, and a News Feed that shows you what your friends have been listening to most.

As ever the app is free to download, but to use it - and thus sync your offline music to your mobile phone over the air - you'll need to be a premium subscriber. For some unknown reason Spotify seems determined to charge money, and therefore make some! How very dare they!

Those interested in potential alternatives to Spotify should check out our recent Music Streaming Services Round-up.


July 2, 2010, 4:54 pm

Spotted, and downloaded this, first thing this morning. Background playing is fantastic - bye bye iTunes.

Not too fussy for the "top tracks" features. Im hoping Spotify add a radio function eventually and ideally some sort of overhaul in terms of looking for music. Navigating your way through dozens of playlists to find one track or band is tiresome. If they can incorporate a way to list your tracks alphabetically as an alternative to by playlists then it would really sort some of my minor issues out.


July 2, 2010, 5:01 pm

It was mainly Gordon crying out for it :P.


July 2, 2010, 5:34 pm

@Jones: Can't you just make a playlist with all your tracks listed in alphabetical order and then name the playlist something that ensures it's always at the top of the list of playlists?


July 2, 2010, 5:50 pm

@Jones: Hi, Do you know if the hardware Nav controls work in Spotify?, I did notice that IOS4 made the Media controls global, so fingers crossed this will work. eg, while playing Spotify in my car, if I pressed the Play/Fwd button on the Griffin it would close Spotify and start up the IPOD instead, so to skip tracks you have to use the screen, not ideal while driving a car :), also hopefully track/names get sent from Spotify too.


July 2, 2010, 8:00 pm


Going by this report, Spotify takes over all audio controls of the iPhone/iPod so the Griffin should be able to control it.


Apart from that, there are other reports stating the same and that headphones with controls or docks should work.

P.S. This doesn't mean we're speaking to each other :P.


July 3, 2010, 12:04 am

@drdark: Yeah, not speaking to you either, but thanks for pointing out the link :)


July 3, 2010, 8:04 am

@drdark - he who cries, gets


July 3, 2010, 3:00 pm

Still waitin' for mah WM Spotify :'¬(


July 3, 2010, 11:02 pm

@That's bad parenting :P.

@Ryan: Totally forgot about WM. Does seem to be taking ages. Have they confirmed any intention of releasing one?


July 5, 2010, 3:21 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder - I suppose I could but it is not the most intuitive solution. What I want to see is something similar to the desktops solution (where tracks you "star" or add to playlists are automatically added to your library) with a bit of a mix with the Napster system whereby all your music is listed several ways (by playlists, by artists A-Z, etc). It isnt so much of an issue with the desktop version where your entire libray is listed A-Z and can be searched easily but on the mobile version it is a little clumsy. It shouldn't be too hard to have a tab at the bottom for "Music" where you can select to go into your "Playlists" or "Library" or something like that. To me it is added functionality without cluttering or overcomplicating matters.

@Keith - not too sure but I have found Spotify doing a strange crash thing several times on my 3GS where about a half second piece of music is looped indefinately until the phone is switched off. 99% of the time it is linked with "multitasking" attempts but it has done it on the odd other occassion.

Despite minor niggles it is still a fantastic service. Ive now canned Napster and given up on We7 after the free trial. Grooveshark is handy but the quality of music is rank. If they can added the ripping of cds to the desktop version and squeezebox integration it would be a more complete package but as it stands it's all I use now anyway 95% of the time.


July 5, 2010, 4:39 pm

@Jones: doing a strange crash thing several times on my 3G

Cheers, hopefully it's something that will get sorted in either OS4/Spotify update.

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