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Spotify Free coming to Windows Phone with brand new design

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iOS and Android users have been enjoying Spotify Free, while Windows Phone users are still waiting for it to arrive. If you have downloaded the Windows Phone app without a premium Spotify account, you won’t get past the login page. Today, Spotify has officially acknowledged they will be updating their Windows Phone app for spring.

The first update for Spotify includes:

  • Personalized radio stations
  • Browse for what’s hot and what’s new
  • Discover more music
  • Performance improvements
  • Brand new design

Spotify Spring

The bad news? This update will be available for Spotify Premium subscribers at the beginning. Spotify Free for mobile will arrive afterwards, but no specific dates were provided.

Want Spotify Free to come to Windows Phone sooner? Maybe voting for it will speed things up.

Source: Spotify; Thanks for the tip, Sarang D.!

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Spotify Free coming to Windows Phone with brand new design

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Bad design. Since when do WP apps have a menu button on the top-left corner? They have pages you can swipte through and buttons + more options at the bottom. No user elements should be on the top, especially on big phones.

Exactly! a waste of screen space. At least i use it on a 520. Can´t imagine myself using this mediocre app on a flagship device. Whatsapp, you are next

Exactly what I tough: everyone, MS probably behind it, is holding on for the Blue update. I don't like the approach.

The list is growing: Updated FB, Updated Spotify, non-beta Instagram, non-beta Path, non-beta Molome, Flipboard, FB Messenger, BBM, Photoshop Express, Updated Foursquare, Updated TR2, Updated Subway Surfers and maybe others big games.

You may not like the approach, but why shouldn't they wait? With 8.1 they should only have to (technically) code once not twice. 8.1 opens the door to apps currently not available on WP8 yet are available for Windows 8.1. I am waiting patiently.

Just thinking:
- Foursquare has a bug since 6 months ago!! You always get only 1 point for every checkin. They already know this months ago, but is fair with their users to wait until BUILD for fix a simple thing like that??
- Flipboard was announced months ago and the app probably is already. They dont need anything new on WP8.1 to make the app possible for WP;

- Instagram is another example.
 

It makes sense from a marketing stand by point as it equates to some what more coverage and clicks. Which theoretically should mean more downloads.

Edit: damn this cold, @shane, fair point.

Doubtful that Microsoft is holding back high-profile apps. Developers announcing an app and us not seeing one for months is something pretty common on WP.

You must be new to Windows Phone:) "later" and "coming soon" are patented trademark of our beloved OS. And by the looks of it Microsoft is also patenting "next summer".

Yep. It's always "coming soon". And then it arrives, with minimum features... and never to be updated again...

Skeptical. The existing apps were full of bugs. My opinion is dated over a year since I canceled premium. How is the current app?

Not as buggy as a year ago, but still pretty bad. The iOS version of the app I use on my backup iPhone is way better.

I heard android and ios users now get access to their playlists on the free version, but they have to play them at random. Will the same be true for the Windows phone version?

Finally! Just in time for Bonnaroo. I hate how buggy it is right now. It makes paying the premium a lot more painful.

Been waiting. I cancelled my premium but if has all the features as other mobile platforms, I'll definitely be using this again.

Nokia music is just as good. When you do thumbs up, you get more of that artist. Oh yeah you get the words to sing a long. Da da. Plus you get info about artist and where there playing. Hard to beat

I'm actually enjoying Beats Music a lot...been thinking hard if I should switch from Spotify after the 90 days free offer expires!

I switched to Beats, but I've had a bad time with it just halting playback randomly.  If they can't get their bugs fixed then I'll keep my Spotify active and wait for the update.  I love the Beats interface, but it should keep playing when I hit play.

I don't think will ever use spotify but seeing that it is yet to come on windows phone and other eco systems enjoying it already makes me feel frustrated. Why don't we get new apps and games. This app gap will never be over. Its very frustrating.

I don't use the radio feature of Spotify (I use Pandora for that kind of thing) so that part of the update I don't care about. I care about the UI Improvements. I hate that you can't sort your playlists on the app and that whenever you pick shuffle play, it always picks the first song of the playlist as the first song it plays. Minor thing but I find it kind of annoying.

TOTALLY AGREE ON THE SORTING AND STARTING UP PLAYLIST PART. But the radio is what im waiting for, its nice on those days where you want to find something new and you dont like listening to the actual radio.

Wow were really getting Spotify free !!!!! I didn't even look at the design of the app I care but I don't care

They NEED to add the download to SD card feature for offline mode... android and ios have it. On my Lumia 620 I have very little phone memory to download all the songs on my various playlists. This is a must need feature so I won't have to eat through All my data. Why have an SD slot if you can't use it?

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I want Spotify only for the last.fm and FB integration. If it wasn't for that, Xbox Music + Nokia MixRadio are excellent alternatives.

The bad news? This update will be available for Spotify Premium subscribers at the beginning. Spotify Free for mobile will arrive afterwards, but no specific dates were provided.

I'm a bit confused about this, so the UI changed app will go live first for Spotify Premium users (meaning you won't pass the login screen unless you're paying for the service) and then (unknown time) the Spotify app will become Spotify Free thus allowing any user to use it?

I'll believe this when I see it. Spotify's record with Android devices is historically dreadful - they only started taking it seriously in the last 18 months or so. Prior to that they only really cared about iOS. What chance Windows users get a service their £10 per month deserves? I'm dubious to be honest.

The real problem I have with Spotify on windows is the fact that it sounds rotten. Android and iOS users get the option to stream at 320Kbps, Windows phone users can only get 160Kbps max. On decent earphones that makes a huge difference (to me). Without "extreme" quality streaming I will not be renewing my Spotify subscription - no matter how nice the interface.

I wonder if these plans are derailed by the ui update that's gone out to ios and desktop. Cant see why they'd update the windows phone app to look like the old ui. I hope wp gets the new look