A Spotify Windows Phone 8 app has has finally been made available for users of Microsoft's latest mobile OS, with a beta version launching on the Window Phone Store.
The popular music-streaming service allows users to listen millions of tracks within the Spotify library directly via their Windows Phone 8 device.
Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820 and the new entry-level Nokia Lumia 620 will be among the handsets to get access to the Spotify Windows Phone 8 app. Users will have to take out a Spotify Premium subscription for £9.99 to gain access to the Spotify app’s contents, or trial the service for two days when downloading the app.
Spotify App Features
As with other smart device versions, the Windows Phone 8 Spotify app allows subscribers to browse through the millions of tracks held within the Spotify library, streaming them over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. Users can explore their friends’ playlists via the Facebook integration, as well as creating their own to listen to offline.
Windows Phone 8 Spotify app features the What’s New view, introducing users to new content and an On-the-fly sync option to synchronise mobile and computer versions of Spotify without having to sync your devices.
Social options within the Spotify app allows users to send and receive tracks via their Spotify inbox, while starring their favourite artists, albums and tracks creates a special playlist for their favourites.
The Windows Phone 8 Spotify app seems to be lacking the ingenious radio option offered by the iOS and Android apps, which customises a radio station according to the individual listener’s music taste or creates on based on a selected artist.
The Windows Phone 8 Spotify app does require the Premium option which gives users access to all the Spotify features both in-app and on the desktop version and costs £9.99 a month. Other subscription options include Unlimited for ad-free music streaming and unlimited song plays, and Free version which plays songs with ads. Both of these latter options are only available on the desktop Spotify.
The Spotify app is also available to download for free from the iOS App Store for iPhone, iPod, iPad, or from the Google Play Store for Android devices like the HTC One XL and Samsung Galaxy S3. The desktop version can be downloaded via the Spotify site for PC, Mac and selected home audio systems.
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