Spotify update brings free music streaming to Windows Phone

Spotify has enabled its free music streaming feature to Windows Phone users. Available for Android and iOS users since December 2013, the feature allowed users with a free subscription to access existing playlists on their devices through the Shuffle Play option.

Previously, only premium subscribers were able to stream music via the Windows Phone app. With today's update, free users can also stream content from their playlists. In addition, Spotify has tweaked presentation of search results and made discovering new artists easier. Here's a look at some of the highlights in the update:

  • All of the music. Listen to all the playlists you've created and playlists from the people you follow. Spotify lets you discover new music, save, shuffle and share.
  • Your favourite artists. Want to listen to a certain artist? Just hit shuffle play, sit back and listen to their entire catalogue. Don't settle for something similar. Don't settle for just one track from the artist you want to hear every 20 minutes.
  • Want the right playlist? Just Browse. Going for a jog or to the gym? We've got the playlist to help you go the extra mile. Hosting a dinner or getting ready for a big night out? We've got you covered. We even have playlists for different moods, so regardless of whether you need an upbeat boost or something more relaxing to wind down to – we've got just the thing.

How many of you were waiting for this update? Are you glad that it is available for Windows Phone? Sound off in the comments.

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289 Comments
  • I'm fine with Xbox music, but it's great!
  • This is 50% bad news for xbox music, as more people will switch to Spotify. But 10% good news for us xbox users as it may get cheaper. And 40% a mystery. Lol. Personally I wont be switching. With xbox music when I get In the car and start the engine my phone connects over Bluetooth and starts playing my music, either the last thing I was listening to, or a random shuffle. Spotify doesn't do this, you have to run the app and select music. And I like how xbox music is available everywhere. No Spotify on the actual xbox which is where I listen to music second :)
  • I genuinely interested in knowing how you came up with those statistics ?!!.
  • 80% of the population knows that 40% of all statistics are made up.
  • Yes, but only 56% of the time.
  • And even then, 99% of people don't care if it is made up, they still believe it as fact 100% of the time.
  • The app seems 6.5% faster
  • You are 100% wrong.
  • omg i love wpcentral
  • Seem Faster “They’ve done studies, you know. 60 percent of the time, it seems faster every time.”
  • i thought it was 75% of statistics are made up, 40% of the time :-/
  • That was just a way of talking - he was NOT quoting statistics LOL!
  • I was genuinely interested at first but BS has a smell and therefor doesn't need or require clarification. If it smells like it, it is.
  • I would actually venture to guess Buffalo dung smells very similar to Bull dung, although I am not highly experienced on the smell of bovine excrament.  But that is 100% of a case of "if it smells like it, it is NOT."
  • Man, that was deep.
  • 60% of the time it works every time.
  • And it's 100% none of our concern what people will like best!
  • You are 85.7 % correct.
  • Umm, how so? There will always be a market for Music streaming services, as long as the xbox music app is integrated in WP, the experience will always be better than a third party app. Unless they F up the app like how they did before the recent update.
  • Is the recent update that much better.  I was so disappointed, that I have not booted up Xbox Music on any platform in months.   Sadly, I am paying for both Xbox Music and Spotify.  Windows Phone seems to get the shit end of the stick with both.  So this recent update of Spotify seems to have broken the app on my Lumia 635.  Won't even play a complete song, before the music just stops playing. And this is the kind of thing I mean - which is why I have been paying for both services.  One app gets fixed, the other breaks down, and vice versa. And neither one handles giant (thousands of tracks) playlists anywhere near as good as Zune Music used to.  Its bloody annoying.  All the while, Pandora (which I am not paying for) ALWAYS works perfectly.  Of course, you do not get the options with Pandora you get with Xbox Music and Spotify. It's frustrating enough, to almost make a guy go back to Android. 
  • Its not available Everywhere.
  • I'm 17.3% sure it will be eventually
  • Xbox music isn't available everywhere.
  • 60% of the time, it works every time...
  • Exactly everything I was going to say. Thanks. Lol
  • sticking to my Xbox music when you listen from Xbox One or 360 we get videos too... I'm happy and content
  • It's 33.3%.....repeating of course........
  • This is just another mix radio. I like hearing an entire cd sometimes and for that I'll stick with Xbox Music. Oh and Xbox Music also has a Mix Radio as well
  • Nope, Spotify now allows you to listen to any song or album you want, create your own playlists, etc. all for free (at least for me - UK). The only thing you can't do is download the songs to listen offline.
  • Unfortunately that is not true.  Two very popular artists this week I discovered aren't in the Spotify library.  Whether that's the artists' fault for not licensing or Spotify's fault for not figuring out an equitable agreement is neither here nor there---bottom line is there's still music I want to hear that I cannot get on Spotify.
  • I had lost my hope. But It's finally here :D
    EDIT: Still not working. Damnit :(
  • Patience! Lol.
  • Yeah, I'll check back in some hours !
  • It's OVER...IT'S FINALLY OVER.
  • App not available
  • Is it adfree? Otherwise fuck off
  • On Android the app itself is ad-free, but it will occasionally pass some audio ad (most of the time is advertising spotify itself) between the tracks for some seconds.
    So no, you won't die with it.
  • Yes, it is..... if you pay for a Premium subscription!!!!!
  • How will they get revenue with no ads? Ads on Spotify aren't even as bad as Youtube's.
  • Youtube has ads?
  • Yes
  • Quote "YouTube has ads?"
    LMAO,
    is it any kind of sarcasm?
  • Erm, use adblocker...
  • not really sarcasm I think. I get the youtube ads VERY rarely. and I mean like once every few months. I think it depends on your region
  • I don't get ads because I have AdBlock but they have ads on almost every video you play..
  • You don't pay for things you enjoy? Artists need to eat you know?
  • @agrum What do YOU provide for free? I'm guessing nothing.  Ah, the entitled generation...gotta love 'em.
  • Yawn. Freeloaders are boring.
  • This is great news :D Unfortunately my Lumia 620 is in the repairs so I'm gonna have to wait to use it... :c
  • The update is not available in Portugal
  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Spotify is available in Portugal.
  • It is. I've already use it on Android and currently I use it on my laptop.
  • Change the location for UK, or US, download the app a the put it back on PT..
    Ps: I'm listening to Spotify on my Lumia while I wrote this :D Spotify is available on Portugal almost for 2 years now..
  • I don't see any update
  • Finally!
  • Spotify needs bug fixing... It's pretty annoying to use on my 930 dp
  • Works quite well on mine.
  • It's quite buggy in my experience also, though its more like a UI glitch and some album art won't show. It's pretty usable on mine anyways, but still there are some occasional stop of music.
    Now after this, they really need to refine the app, its lifeless, no animation, boring UI design and weird graphical glitch.
  • Agreed, the next update will hit approximately may of 2015. :D
  • Before there is a barrage of comments about it still asking for a premium subscription. Update is not live yet! It will take a couple of hours.
  • Still says last updated 30/06/14.
  • Seems the Xbox Music Team is now under some pressure to deliver....
  • No-one that is platform agnostic would ever pay for Xbox Music. It'll always be a niche service. Spotify is just better in every way (even on Windows Phone - which is a platform that was given no love by Spotify for such a long time!)
  • While Xbox Music needs some work, I think that there are things it does better than Spotify, and I'm not sure about the platform agnosticism comment, Xbox Music is available on a decent number of platforms, including iOS and android.
  • Out of curiosity, what does it do better?
    Xbox Music just doesn't have the brand cachet of Spotify....so unless you are a Microsoft person, I just don't see any reason for people to use it. Having such a shoddy Windows Phone app definitely doesn't help the cause.
    Spotify has become the de-facto music streaming app. I'm not sure the Xbox brand is strong enough to overcome that.
  • I'd agree wholeheartedly with that sentiment, Xbox Music will never surpass Spotify in sheer member numbers, but in terms of a quality experience, I believe Xbox Music has a decent shot of being top dog. At least on Windows Phone. Its more tightly integrated and the last update made it miles better. Long story short, Spotify will never fully support windows phone enough, unless tens of millions of handsets sell overnight. Barring MSFT spinning off Xbox music or offloading it elsewhere, they'll support the service on their phones until the end of its lifetime. It'll see more love, while Spotify on WP will consistently lag behind its iOS and Android counterparts. I'm sticking with XBM for the foreseeable future.
  • When did it become de-facto? I thought Pandora was that before... Meh, I could never keep up with what I "have" to keep up with to be in the in-crowd. All I know is that it seems like more people should want MixRadio's offline mixes feature for free in their streaming player of choice (which, because of this talk, I've checked and Slacker Radio now does apparently (and it's supported WP users since WP7 on top of that)). For me, I'm not really seeing anything super special awesome that would make me only use Spotify.
  • How about Xbox music allows you to actually download and own music. Unless you have unlimited data, that makes it better than any other service on Windows Phone. Does anyone actually want to own music anymore?
  • I can download my Spotify playlists for offline use...
    I personally don't care about owning my music. I also find Youtube and Spotify provide a more socially interactive way of listening to music....and if I really want an album, I'll always buy it on CD (often at a vastly cheaper price compared to Xbox Music).
    Also, if I really want a particular song on my phone, I just cache the video using MetroTube.
  • Ok. I did not know that.
  • Yes, Spotify Premium allows you to download for offline playback...
    & no, you cannot buy Spotify music - but £10 a month (or £5 with a student card) for 15 million songs a month kind of makes ownership redundant anyway.
    You spend £10 on Xbox Music to buy an album. I spend £10 on Spotify and get the whole musical world!
  • They should just remove the app completely from existence.
  • Xbox music was always a joke compared to Spotify, this update changes nothing.
  • i hope they optimized it more, it isn't the fasted or most stable app on my 635.   being able to browse my music would also be a nice addition. if it wasn't so cheap i'd have dumped it by now.
  • The fact that it runs poorly is not the 635's fault, it's Spotify. How do I know? It sucks just as much on my 930...
  • Oh I definitely agree its the apps problem,which is why I'm hoping for an efficiency update
  • Wow
  • About god damn time!!
  • Although, since my 920 STILL doesn't have 8.1, the update isn't showing for me. This just for users with 8.1? Or is it yet to arrive?
  • Read the article again and then edit your comment accordingly ;)
  • I did read it, it says nothing about the update not being available right now and says the update is available for 8.x, does that mean 8.0 too? who knows? Please don't be such a condescending prick in future though :)
  • Fair cop...it would seem I was the one that didn't read the article!
  • If u r using wp8.1 dev. Version u will need to downgrade to wp8 official in order to get update the ones who want wp8.1 cyan and don't wanna downgrade and waste time and usage of internet must wait for sometime in order to get A PATCH update.
  • For anyone having a wobbler that it's not out yet, give it time it depends on your location. I'm in Ireland so may have to wait until 12:00pm
  • How do you know that?
  • Because I've installed updates like this before, plus I haven't got the update yet so that's a given really..
  • Not yet availible in rainy belgium
  • Shuffle Play? For what? Like Mixradio but Mixradio is 6996637373773 times better.
  • Seems you have no idea about what distinguishes the two services from each other...
  • Yes, I know about the two apps but if you uses the free shuffle mode on Spotify it is like mixradio.
  • No, its not.
  • I think what he means is that you cannot just select the song you want to play. Instead, you are presented a mix (a la MixRadio) inspired by the song or artist you selected.
  • Yesss
  • Good news for people who don't have access to XBox services. Best news of the week.
  • Is Spotify and beats music be used NORMALLY in INDIA??? Can the BOTH be see for downloading music??? please I really wanna use Spotify and beats music. Thank you in advance.
  • No one streams music here. We just need a better music player. Xbox should get well soon. Till that time. Extreme music works cool on my phone.
  • Spotify is for Europe (mostly 1st tier countries) and US. Beats is US only. Even if India has a growth in WindowsPhone, they don't spend money on apps and subscriptions, so services like this are not interested in India.
  • Correct. India doesn't or rarely spends on services except banking and cable connection considering the whole population of India.
  • Brazil have Spotify. 
  • These services are not for countries like India or Pakistan. Most of us have Wifi and not ridiculously expensive mobile data connections. Pakistan just got 3G services in past months and they are pretty much out of the reach of common people. As for wifi, why waste data on streaming, when you can easily download it and listen to it as many times as you want. Nobody here particularly cares about mixes or playlists or any of that stuff IMO.
  • Great now Last fm support is the only lacking feature!
  • Last fm scrobbling was the first thing I looked for in the change log. I wish they'd add it as they have on other platforms.
  • Hell yeh we need last.fm scrobbeling! My GF has also problems with her offline playlists.. If she makes a playlist offline it downloads all the songs. A few days later she checks again and the same playlist is not available offline anymore :( annoying but i wasn't able to reproduce it on my 1020 with cyan. Anyone has the same problems?
  • I was having similar issues when I had Spotify on my SD card, and when I moved to the phone, the problems were not present anymore.
  • Thanks for replying.. But she owns a Lumia 930 , her offline playlists are already on the phone. She noticed however that it's the same playlist everytime, others are working great.
    Advised her to create a new playlist with the same music and another name.. Maybe it works
  • Finally!