Spotify fielding interest for native Xbox One app for music

Late last night, Spotify hit version 5.0 for Windows Phone with an all new design. Although some people have mixed opinions on certain UI aspects, one thing for certain is that Spotify is a very popular music service for mobile.

The Xbox One lets users snap apps so that music can continue to play while you do others things on the gaming and entertainment console. Seeing as we now have Pandora for Xbox One in addition to Xbox Music, Spotify would seem like an ideal candidate.

On the official Spotify Ideas section for the streaming music company, customers can put forth new thoughts for the Spotify app and service. One idea, that is gaining traction, is one for an Xbox One Spotify app.

User CraigCannon put forward the idea back in November:

"I'm aware that a large majority of Spotify users won't be gamers but with Microsoft's latest console, the Xbox One, do you think it'd be possible to get a Spotify app? Now that it's possible to multi-task and stream while you game the opportunity to gain new monthly subscribers is massive. It's already possible as seen with Microsoft's new service "Xbox Music" which features heavily in the new console. I know I'd definitely use the app if there was one. Anyone else?"

Interestingly, the Spotify team responded, changing the status "Good Idea, give it some kudos" with the following message:

"Hello everyone. Staff here. We're excited to see so many folks excited about this idea. We don't comment on any potential partnerships until they happen. Unlike other ideas, we can't promise kudos will lead to an implemented idea but please feel free to add your comments. We'll be sure to update this idea if and when we have more to say. Thanks for the idea!"

Apparently they cannot comment or commit to such an app, but they do at least seem open to the possibility, which is a good thing.

In short, if you would like Spotify for your Xbox One, it may not hurt to drop by with some 'kudos' for the idea and to share your comments on their site.

Just follow the link: Spotify Community

Thanks, Zapella T., for the tip

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • MAKE IT MAKE IT MAKE IT Then I'll come back.
  • Its always good to have more apps. But I won't be leaving xbox music
  • I will Xbox music is garbage compared to Spotify so I will be ecstatic to have a native Xbox one app
  • You are kidding right? Xbox Music is excellent. The Windows Metro app is a masterpiece is simple design. Super-snappable and very solid. The Windows Phone app is not so intuitive but once you know how to deal with it, its decent. The service itself is good, on Xbox One you now get videos for songs MS has the video for. It also has a reasonable radio station system, although I love the Songza curated lists even more. The Windows Phone Xbox music app does suffer from odd (you are not logged in) errors, but they are getting fewer as they squash more bugs. I use Mix Radio, Songza (used to), Rdio, Spotify and Deezer on free, but I pay for Xbox Music as I can get it everywhere (except iPad) Spotify might interest me if it gets an Xbox One app. Also spotify has high bit rate on subscription, not sure Xbox Music has high bit rate files?
  • I love Xbox Music on my Xbox and PC, but exactly how am I meant to learn to deal with the awful turd that is the Windows Phone app ever since they removed it from the music hub? Hanging searches, black screens when jumping from music match to the app, it's probably one of the worst apps I've ever used.
  • I don't know why people don't like the xbox music phone app. I have only two problems with it. When searching the 'find more in store' button should be bigger, or just make that the default as I stream everything. And the You're not logged in' error, which only happens every now and then and goes away after another try. The rest of the app is perfectly fine
  • Without Taylor Swift on board, Spotify is dead on arrival.
  • Indeed
  • Who??
  • The post before mine Giddora. And the Taylor swift thing is sarcasm:D
  • That's right because before she came Spotify wasn't popular at all...
  • Yeah, I hear Spotify is going bankrupt now that Taylor Swift is gone from the service.
  • Not judging or making fun of your like of music, but it really doesn't bother me. Metallica wasn't on there until a year after Spotify release because of the big Napster deal.
  • This would most certainly be exciting! I have Spotify on all my devices but the One. I think if they do this, ill buy a year subscription to the service.
  • Don't use this. But, I would guess " hamburger"?
  • I think that all this is part of microsoft future plans... Skype, Spotify.. Whats next?
  • I wish they would finish the apps rather than release half baked to meet media needs. PLEX app supports music streaming on every other platform except xbox one. Why did Microsoft let them release an incomplete app, I'm assuming Spotify will take the same course to suit the tech news headlines schedule.
  • Microsoft can't really stop them, thats why. As long as you pay your Dev fee, and it meets the standard your app gets published. Features are for the app creator and its paying audience to decide.
  • So sad.. It's not available in most countries.
  • I'd love it... but until they have smart playlists, i won't be back as a Spotify user.  I'd love to use it, but that's a huge missing feature for me.
  • What is it which streaming service has this feature?
  • What you mean "smart playlist"?
  • If they make it i renew my subscription on spotify !!
  • I loved the new interface. Give the Hamburger thing a rest, imo. Its in Microsoft's Health app for Windows Phone. If its gorgeous and functional, I don't give two beans about the hamburger menu.
  • Lol two beans. Good one
  • Why would they not?
  • Kudos, the more apps and options the better. I have a Xbox music pass so I wouldn't use it really, but it would be a nice option for us all.
  • It will be a smart move if they make a Windows 10 universal app, since WinRT and Windows 8 apps are in the same state: "Kudos for the idea", this way, they could make one app and it would run on Surface and other Windows tablets, Windows Phones, Windows PCs and even Xbox One!
  • Spotify Potify.. Xbox Music ftw.
  • That would be cool
  • How about a windows 8.1/modern app
  • Yep! I have 'Spotlite' on my Surface
  • They need to get the One to play music in the background, like Twitch can. I don't listen to music through my console because I don't want to give up the screen space.
  • x100000000
  • And for it to cancel in game music like on the 360, custom soundtracks. That being said, i would love to see this on 360, it would be a good fit.
  • +1.0x10^6
  • What do you know maybe they will announce it tomorrow.
  • Would rather see Mixradio on my Xbox one.
  • MixRadio for Xbox One would seem a more logical option.
  • It would be really nice if you could stream music (while playing) without having to keep the app snapped in.  So annoying when playing Forza and not being able to stream XBOX MUSIC without taking up 30% of the screen.
  • Yes! Thanks Daniel, for the article!! Please guys, vote!!
  • Who in the correct mind would use Spotify over Xbox music
  • A lot of people?
  • Who in their correct mind would use Xbox music?
  • The open minded people. I love Microsoft to death but Spotify is the better service and I would LOVE to have it on the Xbox. Plus, I live in Sweden and I like supporting the local brands here.
  • Nothin will happen, as usual
  • Nokia MixRadio FTW!!
  • It's not even Nokia's anymore. Nokia >> Microsoft >> LINE (current owners)
  • Nope...still under Microsoft Mobile.
  • They sold dude. Get over.
  • It's true. They have agreed a sale in December and it's supposed to complete in early 2015.
  • There is another idea on that site to develop a Windows 10 Spotify app that runs everywhere - phones, tablets, PCs and Xbox One. That idea is better and should get more traction.
  • Spotify on all of Windows universal.
  • Please!!!! Make it!!!
  • While I will applaud if they make one, I can't help but decry having to have 1/4th of the screen dedicated to something I don't want to look at. Music playing in the blades on Xbox 360 1.0 was a better system. Not to mention the 360 used to be able to suppress in-game music in favor of whatever music the system was playing rather than that being a manual process on the One. It just used to be a much more refined process...
  • While you're at it, also give kudos for an official Windows 8 app:
  • Xbox Music is the best :)!!!!!!!
  • Can't find movie soundtracks on Xbox Music though.. Spotify has a more expanded library.
  • I'd prefer a Spotify connect app for windows phone first.
  • SPOTIFY for Xbox One please!!!!!
  • Can't get it on 1320 in Egypt plz help
  • hopefully they don't pull a Plex and make it usable for everyone and not just paying customers
  • Yes.  Go with Spotify.  I think its the best music steaming app on the platform or any platform
  • YES
  • +1
  • Not available in India. Make it available
  • I would say Xbox music is doomed.
  • Obviously Sony paid Spotify to not be on xb1. Normally these types of contracts last 2 years. So expect Spotify in 2017. When corporations compete on contracts, consumers lose. I bet Spotify let Xbox counter offer and they under bid Sony. Also, Taylor Swift isn't rich enough so that's why she's not on Spotify.