Spotify has released an app for the iPad, finally giving Apple tablet users an interface optimised for their devices. It's available from iTunes now, and is free.
Keeping things simple, Spotify hasn't released a separate new iPad app, instead improving the current iPhone app with new iPad tweaks, turning it Universal. Features include Retina display visuals to make the most of the high-res display of the latest iPad, a redesigned "Now Playing" screen, gapless playback and support for AirPlay within the app.
Until now, iPad users have had to make do with the iPhone version of the software, which doesn't look too hot on a 9.7in screen. To support the app's release, Spotify has released a video of young musical upstart Labrinth waxing lyrical about the app. He calls it "tangible" and "easy to use" and seems terribly excited to be among the first to use the app.
It uses a swipe-based user interface and Spotify says it's based more around discovering new music than the pared-back iPhone edition. Other than letting you search, the iPad Spotify app also tells you about music that's currently trending, and what your friends are listening to. It amounts to intelligent use of the additional screen space of the tablet, which is what tablet app optimisation is fundamentally all about.
As with a smartphone, you'll need to be a Premium Spotify user to make use of the app. This costs £9.99 a month, but when its 18-million song strong library is good enough to function as most people's main music source, it's not a bad investment.