Yesterday was a fairly busy day, if you’re a tech-head like me at least; Google+ rolled out their brand pages, the Nokia N9 started updating to the much-heralded mega-fix firmware and, for those that needed it, Spotify dropped onto the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Choosing Windows Phone as the last, great, mobile operating system to support, Spotify prepped itself for the promised masses yesterday afternoon (after a preview some six months ago) and boy, is it a beautiful app to use.
First, some caveats:
- Spotify mobile is only available to premium subscribers
- Premium is £9.99 a month. A small price to pay to NEVER PAY FOR ANY MUSIC EVER AGAIN.
- I’ve tried Zune* and, until Spotify dropped, that was fine (if a little alien).
So, to the app itself.
The good stuff:
- WP7 app design: oh my God this app is gorgeous.
- Scrolling, sharing, syncing: all of it rocks my face off.
- It’s Spotify, on my mobile.
The stuff needed in the next update:
- Background colour options
Windows Phone offers either ‘dark’ or ‘light’, white on black or black on white respectively. Spotify should either match its app’s skin accordingly or at least offer it up as an in-app option. Strangely, while the app offers the light variation, the desktop client offers dark.
- Last.fm integration please
Syncing tracks listened to in online mode and remembering then uploading my tracks listened to in offline mode.
- Offline playlist filters
Yeah, love that but, any chance that you filter the playlists by DOWNLOADED FIRST? Having to scroll through all of them in order is a pain.
- Album art on lockscreen
I mentioned I was on Zune before, one thing that the WP music player does nicely is show album covers on the lock screen while playing music. It’s a nice touch and adds to the overall experience. Spotify should do this too. See below.
Florence playing through Zune
Florence playing through Spotify
Overall, great work guys, it’s an awesome service and I’m a big fan. Having it running on my Lumia makes me a very happy bunny indeed. Good job.
Please, continue to iterate, improve and impress.
*I signed up for a Zune Pass about a day after first getting my Windows Phone. I like that it covers my Xbox too, but I already have Last.fm there. So it was only really the mobile music angle I needed to cover. Now Spotify is here, I just don’t need it.