Spotify releases massive update with new design, radio and more

The Spotify team has today released an update for the official app available on Windows Phones. This update, version 3.0, brings some exciting new features to the platform as well as a brand new interface. If you're a fan of the service, be sure to head past the break to learn what's new.

Here's everything that's included in the latest Spotify release:

  • Discover fires out recommendations based on in-house technologies and social tools with curated content from music experts
  • Spotify radio comes to Windows Phone! Pick a track, artist, or album and Spotify will find similar music – it's like having your own personal radio station
  • Find and explore new music with personalised recommendations in Discover, or browse top playlists in Browse

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It's worth noting that there are known issues with Facebook two factor authentication. These issues will be fixed in a future update, according to the store listing. Thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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Spotify releases massive update with new design, radio and more



About damn time!... BUT it just sucks compared to the new iOS and Android versions! :-/
This version looks super ugly.

I don't really know the difference to the android/ios app but it's definitely faster than the older WP app ;) and good to have the radio feature, but I agree, it's way uglier than the old version. It's a shame they dropped that design, because it was quite beautiful

I thought the old Spotify app was butt ugly myself with dull, lifeless colours and huge text taking up room where content should be.

Too late. I gave up and paid for XBox Music. Hopefully their WP app is respectable by the time 8.1 goes official.

Why pay for xbox music when you can join bing rewards and get it free every month? Lol. Go sign up man! and if you feel like helping me out I can send a referral lol

I have to agree, very bad, bery uncomfortable design, far away from windows language. it's exactly what I was expecting from spotify. their pc update was disaster as well.

If it works, I'm happy. But when will it allow free/ad-supported accounts to be used, like in iOS and Android? This is nothing more than lipstick on a pig. We still are treated like crap by Spotify.

There's always a group of people who will criticize and hate no matter what you do. But this is minority not to be concerned about too much. Most people love ❤ the changes (me included) or do not have an opinion that is strong enough to motivate them to voice it on a forum. This is the majority. Great job Spotify!!!!

Yeah, idk about everyone else. But I think the update looks amazing! I actually think its nicer than the android version. The android version looks too simple, it just has a nice black. I love the "metro" style they tried to add to this version.

Still can't use the app without a premium subscription... Despite their website stating that it is now free on mobile... ¬_¬

Nokia MixRadio says "You can't get apps in this region. You can check the Windows Phone Store in your home region to see if the app is available there." So that's why!

That's why I stopped using Spotify. They sent out emails to me saying that it is "now free on your phone". After my trial ran out that I only used on WP. Re-downloaded the app and it wasn't free. Misleading advertising on their end.

It would have been better if they charge some money for the app itself or they would have done a kickstarter stuff where they would have asked for some money if they so need that to invest on the WP platform in general.

That would have been a straightforward act not something "this is a free service" well not for you my WP user friend.

Spotify said a while back that they had plans to bring Spotify free to Windows Phone - just not at the same time as this update for premium users. (They said something along the lines of "sometime in the future", although don't quote me on that)

Free on mobile they care about. They clearly don't care much about WP (or Windows RT), when they release this app which is ALREADY OUT OF DATE ON RELEASE functionality wise compared to iOS and Android. It's a middle finger to WP, wrapped in a neat little bow.

WP 7.8 is technically a dead OS with very minimal install base, I don't know why you are so surprised by this....

I cant decide what to go with these days, spotify, nokia mix radio and windows music ('radio' option) all claim to produce mixes of "the music you like", but all want cash for anything more than very basic functionality, what to choose......

Nokia Mixradio is great for radio and doesn't require payments. Xbox Music is great on the phone for downloading and streaming albums.
Spotify sucks for both on WP, maybe less so with this update which I haven't tried yet.

FINALLY!!!!! THIS IS FANTASTIC!!!! Telling you what. There is not a lot left for me to be a fully fledged happy windows boy right now. Give me a fully functional instagram and we are there!

It's about time! I'm a premium subscriber and think it's a great value! Worked after a couple tried on WP 8.1. Looks so much better than the old version. 

No, that's in another update that will presumably take another couple of years. Overall a rather disappointing update from Spotify, nothing more than a UI overhaul!!!!

A UI overhaul was long overdue, this update brings the app that much closer to being on par with IOS and Android, yes it still requires premium but to be honest it always has so if you've never used it before then i don't know why you would start complaining now. This update is great and is anything apart from dissapointing. 

If it was on par then we would have free streaming right now, but we don't. FYI, I have used the Android version and the only thing the WP version is "on par" with is the UI!!!!

I said it brings it much closer to being on par, I didn't say it brings it on par. This update is fantastic and Spotify have already said they are bringing it free to WP, I don't see why people have decided to do all their complaining today - that's all I'm saying.

Because it's taken Spotify a millennia just to get this update out, do you really think that the update to make it free will appear any sooner because I seriously doubt it!!!!

Do I really think it will come sooner? Yes. Because Spotify has clearly worked hard on this update, I don't see why they wouldn't continue that hard work.

Nice update... but not an Universal app!!!

As Windows 8.1 is missing an official Spotify app this would have been a great opportunity to make a Universal app and give Windows 8.1 some love to. Big fail on not making Universal apps at this point in time!

Not useful if you are using an ARM based Windows tablet, which do not run desktop software. A touch optimized app would be better for tablets.

just use the webplayer, and quit complaining.  That being said - if you have a Windows RT tablet, XBOX music is on par, and free to stream.

We need to complain, so Spotify knows people want a version for Metro. So telling us to be happy with the current situation, is not helping.

All well and good telling someone to use the web player, but what if you want to download music for offline use instead of streaming (if you're in a poor/no wifi area)? That's why people want an actual app for use on their RT devices/Modern UI environment...

I totally agree. I have full windows 8 tablet and spotify is impossible to use with touch, completely stupid UI, irresponsvie and far too small elements. Plus web player doesn't support offline and it works only when u have IE open. idiotic player.




PS: sorry for my excitement

I'm with you, too! I'm not bothered if it requires a premium subscription. Loving my playlists and ad-free experience! But I hope the free and ad based experience comes soon enough for the folks who want it!  


That was my respons to reading the headline of this article :D I'm so happy right now!

Here to suddenly a foreign language. From Dutch to Swedish or something like that.
See lots of users having the same problem complaing at dutch tech site.
Anyone solved this already?

Ive been using Spotify on Windows 8 (horrible desktop version),Windows Phone, IOS iPad and iPhone and this update makes it on par with the others. For those of you who think this doesnt compare you are completely wrong and it is actuall runs better than my ios version which I just compared to each other. Great update!!!!!!!!! I can finally say goodbye to XBOX Music for good :)

On par? What planet are you on, this doesn't even have support for the free service like the iOS and Android versions do. You can't even log in without a premium account so hello Xbox Music!!!!

Love the update, but this is really frustrating. Sharing is a major part of my Spotify usage.

I wanst talking about Free Services and I should have clarified. For the people who have been using the premium for the past few years this is huge for us. 

"A Spotify Premium subscription is required"

They can just Fuck Off until they give us the same deal as Android and Iphone-users.

No CONNECT, no fun. At least with my Pioneer home audio...still need to use Androin device...

It's a great update. I think the UI is really nice. Radio functionality is cool. Thank you spotify. I need an premium account anyway, because I want to skip as much as I want, download stuff offline in Extreme quality etc.

I think is a good update, much slicker. Disappointing that scrobbling not included, but does everything else fine. Lets hope now a big update done we see a steady stream of incremental updates

Yep, I hope they work on the social aspects of the app. scrobbling is all I'm waiting for before I jump fully on board.

Good thing the Philippines has one month FREE premium subscription. I have to unsubscribe June 10 though, I don't need it I just want the free thing lol

Still no shuffle?! Are you effing kidding me?

Well, we should only have to wait another year until they add that feature.

What do you mean no shuffle? There was playlist shuffle in the previous version and there is in this one as well.

If that's the case, then it must be invisible because when I go into my offline albums, there is no shuffle option anywhere. And when I tap play, it just starts from the beginning of my list every time.

I'll be honest, it took me a while to find it. You shuffle your play order on the Now Playing screen (which took me a bit to find too - When you click play, click on the track name at the bar on the bottom and it will make the now playing full screen and you will see the shuffle button then. It then seems to stay that way until you turn it off)

Wow, thanks, bro. I was so used to the way it worked on iOS and Android, I just thought the feature was missing. And it drove me crazy that I couldn't shuffle because I have way too many tracks not to.

No problem, man. When i had problems finding the shuffle button, i knew i couldn't be the only one with issues locating it.

Guys you must be nuts. The new design is just awesome. I use Spotify on a daily basis on android and windows phone and I can say windows phone has nothing to envy after this update. If you can't pay 6 bucks a month which is nothing then uninstall it.

The problem with that logic is that there are free services like Nokia Music that don't require a premium account just to login.

Then go and use those ones. I personally also use Nokia mix radio and songza too. I just think many people here complain just about anything!!!

Oops don't seem to be able to create playlists. The DONE button doesn't work! Anyone else have this issue?

And you can still star songs! The star feature doesn't even exist on other platforms! And on top of that they made it harder to star songs.... Still greatful about discover and radio feature though. Hate the design, after using both web app, desktop app and ipad app all the time, it just doesn't look good or consistent.

Is it just me, or I cant just find anywhere my musics, albuns and artists, like the Android vr? All I can see its the playlists.

(aside from the app itself needing some refinements...) I see no reason to think about any other streaming music service if you have Xbox Music on a Windows Phone with a subscription. I am really enjoying its features and the tracks on demand feeling on my Windows Phone. Then there is the radio station creator if you want to mix it up a bit. I find Xbox Music to just make sense to have if you have a Windows Phone and want to subscribe to music.

The sad thing is that my favorite band releases their music to iTunes and Spotify. And months after that, they show up on Xbox Music. Purchased almost every single or album through iTunes since it takes too long to get them otherwise. If this works, then I'm at least able to listen to them until they show up on Xbox Music.

I agree. Xbox Music service is great for WP users. Though as pointed out, they don't have some artists (Metallica, for example). But other than that, it is great.

Also note that premium subscribers will have to re-enable high quality streaming. Or extreme as it is called now (lol). A bit sneaky that they promise higher audio quality for the paying versions, yet it is disabled by default and disabled again when you update the app.

Time to create a new facebook account just so I can try it out to see if its actually worth starting to pay for it again. I wont pay them a dime until the app actually works as it should. Had Spotify since the start basically, until I switched to WP. Canceled it right away due to no app, payed when they released the app, just to regret it right away. Not doing that mistake again.

Yup. Bummer. With thousands of tracks downloaded, we have to redo them all again. Time is truly wasted.

Stupid ppl who complains all the time, this is an awesome update with tons of new features. I love it ❤ . And it's not only a grafic update! At least 15-20 new features. And you ppl who don't pay and complains.... pay for it then!

As I've said before, Spotify on WP REQUIRES a premium subscription to even login, when you can login for free on other platforms it's just a shitty move on the part of Spotify.

Nice update. But it still does that really annoying thing of picking the first track of a playlist as the first song played when in shuffle. Was hoping that would be fixed wih this update.

Impressive update...
I live in Norway but after the update Spotify is in Dutch language... Reinstall doesn't help...

Up here in the small third world country you've probably never heard of called "Canada", we don't get spotify. Apparently the idea of 35 million potential customers doesn't appeal to the folks at Spotify

What about India??? There's no Spotify, nor Pandora, beat music, Vodafone music. Neither x box music and video's. Nothing! Give at least any of this.

NokiaMixRadio trumps all of these in my opinion so if you got that, you aint missing much.


Works better than the Beats Music app. I was a longtime MOG user who went to Beats. But the apps are so bad, I've switched back to Spotify... But I'll also keep Nokia Mix Radio and Songza.

Sweetness!! Still will stick with Xbox Music (and I don't care about the app issues; I love its service!), but its good to know customers have options! I truly believe 2014 will be the year of the Windows Phone! ;)

For someone that uses Spotify all the time and has a premium account this is a huuuuuuuuge upgrade. The app is super fast, stable, slick, can share tracks on twitter and facebook. This is a welcomed upgrade that I have been waiting for ages. Thank you spotify! 

Excellent! Can't wait to try it out. I'm a premium subscriber and even without the added features, I liked the prior version of Spotify--easily the least buggy/temperamental of those offered by other streaming services like Rhapsody, Beats, Xbox Music, Rdio etc. This should just make it even better.

I have premium, already so this update is a vast improvement. Lots more ways to discover new tracks. I use mix radio too, but Spotify have the edge on content. Only slight nag is it takes a little longer than expected to re-establish connection if mobile signal drops.

Awesome update. It now doesn't lag when scrolling through my playlist, I can pin my playlist to the start screen, it looks better, changes tracks quicker and has all the radio features. Very happy with this update :)

To all the people winging about the free radio, of course Spotify it's going to look after their paid customers first.

They are free on android an iOS. We need feature parity. I love Spotify but I can't use them on windows phone which sucks and I would like to use one service across devices so Spotify loses here until they change their mind.

I love the update. It was long overdue and now lots of great features are added in. Furthermore, the "maximum" audio quality setting provides exactly as it implies, great quality audio.

For those complaining that it's not available for free subscriptions please use logic. Would it be better to prepare it first with all the premium features and give to paying customers or make the bread and butter wait while adding in features for the non-paying customers?

I stopped being Premium because of the previous WP8 app, the main reason was that it could not access the music already on your phone.  If the new app can access you phone's own music collection I might go back - can it do that?

Thought I'd get a 30 day trial to check it out and... I'll be sticking with Deezer. The Deezer app used to be pretty damn terrible but it's actually pretty reliable now and actually follows WP's design language (a little less so with the newest update but it's still there). The design here just feels really cluttered and is already out of date as Spotify have been rolling out a new update since last month.

Waaaaaayyy better than the old one. I'm overall happy with the upgrade, been waiting for this for months.

It lacks "My Music" tab (albums, artist, etc.) btw- Let's keep fingers crossed for the next update.

In the Philippines, Spotify subscription is about US$2.50/month. I still have Songza that I also enjoy.

As to the app itself, it can play downloaded songs just fine (it won't play songs in your Music library, you have Xbox Music for that).

The biggest ommission in the Windows Phone version is the "Your Music" section available in both iOS and Android. We get the Playlists only, but I can live with that.

With this update, you can't select all the albums you want to sync. You have to toggle the slide switch (which is a bummer) on each album, which is another bummer.

I'm a premium user and have had nothing but trouble with this new app so far - so many bugs/crashes, at least the last version was pretty stable!