Spotify now available on the Marketplace

The official Spotify app, which was unveiled yesterday at the New York City Windows Phone event along with four new handsets (opens in new tab), is now available for download from the Marketplace. The music streaming service, which launched in the U.S. (opens in new tab) earlier this year, is subscription based but opens up a huge catalogue of tracks for members to listen to.

Some feature highlights:

  • Search, browse & play millions of tracks.
  • Explore & play your friends' playlists, top artists and tracks.
  • Stream over WiFi or 2.5/3G - all your existing playlists are available.
  • Offline playlists - play your music without an internet connection.
  • On-the-fly sync - every track you add to a playlist appears on mobile and computer.
  • What's New view.
  • Receive music from friends via the inbox.
  • Starred tracks - tag all your favourites into a special list.

The app will allow downloading of playlists and music for offline playback in case you don't have an active internet connection, or require to save some data should you be tied to a tight plan. Also, playlists can be pinned to the home screen for easy access, something which can't be offered on other platforms.

You can download Spotify (opens in new tab) from the Marketplace for free, but as mentioned above, the service requires a subscription.

Thanks Greg and everyone else for the tip!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • No thanks. Got rid of Spotify after they changed their rules to sc.rew over the free users!
  • Seems to work on my free subscription fine...
  • If you have a free account you get a 48 hour trial or something like that to show you what it's like. I got this after I signed in on my work phone and then after that it stopped working.
  • So far, I have been able to access and download my playlist. I do not have a paid subscription. Not sure if this temporary, but so far, so good!!!
  • If you have a free account you get a 48 hour trial or something like that to show you what it's like. I got this after I signed in on my work phone and then after that it stopped working.
  • I've been playing with it this morning and the app in general is a little buggy and crashs from time to time or randomly switches songs. Other than that it sync'd all my files from my free account on my PC that I created. I just don't have access to offline music which is fine since I have an unlimited data plan.
  • Since I am in the US with a Zune Pass, would this be any different? Besides not having to load my music onto my phone..Sorry not up on all the cool apps! =)
  • The Zune Pass is much better in my opinion. If you have the old subscription, you get to keep 10 songs every month. Even if you don't, you don't have to load any music on your phone. Simply pin an artist, album, or playlist to your Start screen and it'll stream from the Internet if it isn't downloaded.
  • That's true in the US. But sadly not so in Blighty. If Zune Pass did have the 'keep 10 songs' in the UK it would easily be the best (in fact that's why I originally, though wrongly, subscribed to Zune Pass). As this is not the case I might have to do a compare and contrast to see which one gets my ten pounds per month now that the Spotify app is available.Mmmm, the Spotify app is pretty good though, especially in Metro.
  • Thanks for the update... Spotify is not available where I live, Zune is...
  • Been using it non stop since early this morning. Haven't had any problems with it so far. I'll have to wait to see what the free service offers. The layout is sweet!
  • Is it true that this app was developed by Microsoft? If so, this isn't exactly great news that developers/services are jumping on the WP7 bandwagon.Like the app, signed up for Spotify and canceled MOG this morning. Still prefer MOG and not thrilled about the Spotify desktop app. Maybe Microsoft could rewrite that too.
  • So you think those 35000 apps are all developed by MS? Microsoft helps or develops apps for companies as a service, because big companies are always hesitant to develop apps for a small platform.Little developers dont have that limit, because for them WP7 is a new platform with a lot of potential.
  • Wasn't commenting on the 35000 apps (most of which are not good), but Microsoft's ability to get bigger names involved in supporting the platform. I love that Spotify is now on WP7, but my expectations are tempered that MOG and Rdio will do full featured apps as Microsoft was behind the Spotify app. I'm looking for a sign, any sign, that WP7 is turning the corner and I haven't seen that yet.
  • It does not play any music for me. I turned my premium back on and it doesn't play anything. Just tries but there's nothing. 8x