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Android Central

Music streaming service Spotify has overhauled its Android app with a brand new look and a slew of new features. Firstly, the app's been redesigned with support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and it's clear the developers have borrowed a little of Google's ICS design language for their new app. Facebook-style slide-out navigation is included, replacing the menu key based navigation of old. And high-resolution cover art and high-quality (320kbps) streaming have also been added, along with performance improvements throughout the app.

Spotify promises more features, including Last FM scrobbling and folder support, before the new version is finalized. Note that to try out the new app, you'll need to be signed up for a Spotify Premium subscription, and as it's a stand-alone apk file, you'll need to enable unknown sources to install it.

For the full list of changes, along with download info, check the source link.

Source: Spotify

 

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Spotify for Android gets major overhaul, preview version now available

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Sweet. If ever an app needed an update, Spotify for Android did. It was becoming nearly unusable, especially editing playlists.

Downloaded. You can tell intergration with Facebook is important to them. The menu/slideout functions work just like it.

Maybe I'm an outlier, but I just don't get Spotify. It seems to me that it's a paid "service" that allows me to listen to MY OWN music, plus stream other music. Doesn't Winamp for Android already do this, FOR FREE? Spotify just seems like such a huge ripoff to me.

The only advantage I can see in it is that it has the ability to pick a song you want and instantly play it, which pretty much nothing else out there can do. But again, you have to pay a really high subscription fee for it, and if you just want to listen to your own music, you are paying to do that.

I mean, if it was a free service for streaming your own stuff but pay to stream stuff you don't own I could understand and absolutely justify it. Some of us have collections too large to carry on any phone. But to have to PAY just to make the phone app functional? What is the point then? I just don't get it.

Am I missing something here? Why are people so gaga over Spotify?

I dig it because it allows me to listen to whatever I want, whenver I want. Plus you can save playlists to your device, so you can listen when you may not have a solid data signal. It's 10 bucks a month, and I havent had to purchase any music since. It also frees up the storage on my device, and that's a good thing.

I think you're underestimating the importance of having over 15 million songs available upon demand. For the most part, I dont need to have a large library on my device. They already have it for me.

Yeah, I agree, I think you're missing the point. You already have your own music. Spotify is about listening to music you DON'T already own. If you already own everything you ever want, then it's not for you. But if you want to pay $10 a month to listen to (mostly) any piece of music you'd ever want at any time, then it's great.

This statement makes a bit more sense. If I was concerned with my phone not being able to contain all of my music, I would just use Google Music (like I do now) unless if I had more than 20,000 songs which I think 9.5/10 people don't have. The $10 a month IMO is only for the music that you don't have. If the $10 was just for the benefit of storage of your music then it'd be a waste.

I agree with the other replies...I dont have any music since my HD on my pc died, but Spotify allows me to have nearly all the music I want with me wherever I am, and all new album releases I have day of release..all for ten bucks a month....being able to plug my phone into the aux port on my deck in the car and play whatever I feel like listening to is totally worth it

"...it has the ability to pick a song you want and instantly play it, which pretty much nothing else out there can do."

You just answered your own question.

The service is not for everyone. It's not for me for example as I prefer using my Pandora and Sirius XM accounts for my streaming needs. Uploaded my music to Google Play Music and downloaded what I wanted to my phone. The rest is available to stream. When I hear a new song I like I buy it. I pay less than $10 bucks a month but I have a few apps to meet my needs.

With Spotify it seems you can do it all with the one app with the benefit of picking your song, but it costs a little more.

The service is not for everyone. It's not for me for example as I prefer using my Pandora and Sirius XM accounts for my streaming needs. Uploaded my music to Google Play Music and downloaded what I wanted to my phone. The rest is available to stream. When I hear a new song I like I buy it. I pay less than $10 bucks a month but I have a few apps to meet my needs.

With Spotify it seems you can do it all with the one app with the benefit of picking your song, but it costs a little more.

The service is not for everyone. It's not for me for example as I prefer using my Pandora and Sirius XM accounts for my streaming needs. Uploaded my music to Google Play Music and downloaded what I wanted to my phone. The rest is available to stream. When I hear a new song I like I buy it. I pay less than $10 bucks a month but I have a few apps to meet my needs.

With Spotify it seems you can do it all with the one app with the benefit of picking your song, but it costs a little more.

Really high subscription fee? Instant access to the full libraries of all the major labels for less than the price of one album a month. I wouldn't call that "really high." I'd call that a bargain.

You're missing something. It's $9.99/month to basically have access to ALL music. Pretty cheap IMO. Why own any music when you can play virtually anything you want for the price of 1 CD/month

Seems like a mostly cosmetic update to me. They fixed the bugs (which is important!) but they did not add any features.

-no lock screen controls
-no playlist folders
-no radio function
-no widget (the old one is gone)

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they finally updated it but I just wish they added something.

Also forgot to add they removed access to your library which means you still have to have everything in playlists. I don't really get this at all and it is super annoying.

Yep. The Android app is the reason I use MOG instead of Spotify. It's so weird because the WebOS version of the Spotify app was perfect. Everything was intuitive and responsive, and playlists/queues worked like I expected them to. Moved to Android, and the app is a total joke.

It's like the developers who cranked out the Android app have never used a music player app in their lives. Unfortunately, it sounds like the beta doesn't address any of the problems I had with it before.

If you like the service of Spotify but would like a better app, check out MOG. The selection is just as wide, and the app is in a whole different league. I dare say it's perfect, UI-wise. On all platforms, streams take a little longer to start than Spotify, but MOG has 320kbps streaming available on everything, so it's a trade-off worth making.

MOG is just about perfect, there really is no reason to use Spotify. The only feature Spotify has that MOG does not is Facebook integration which I can honestly do without.

Guys, this is a preview of the app. It's not even in the Market yet. They're likely going to add most if not all of the features you're talking about.

I'm just excited the damned app works now. It was pretty much unplayable on my Nexus.

Being that the original app hadn't been updated since, oh, 2010, and looked something designed for Cupcake, this is a VERY welcome update.

It's gorgeous, fast, intuitive. Might be the fastest Android app I've ever used, actually.

All I care about is - did they add a landscape view? I use this in my car all the time, and sideways typing isn't fun.

I have not looked at this new version yet. I cancelled my free 30 trial because it did not stream at 320. This update fixes that so I may give it another shot.

So adding 320kbps streaming alone might make it worth it. The rest is gravy. ;)

I do wish they had some artists I like like AC/DC but what can you do, maybe in the future. ;)

I agree 100% that they need to add landscape mode, I use this in my car and my phone is mounted that way.

Am I the only one who can't figure out how the heck to actually listen to music with this app? I had the same problem with the old app...