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Spotify for Windows Phone exits beta in bid to rival Xbox Music

Brings new features with it
Mon Jul 08 2013, 12:35
The Nokia Lumia 620 can get Spotify

MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify's Windows Phone app left beta status on Monday as it looks to challenge the Xbox and Nokia Music apps.

The Spotify beta for Windows Phone arrived on Microsoft's mobile operating system in February, boosting the otherwise lackluster Windows Store. Five months later and Spotify for Windows Phone finally came out of beta today, complete with track scrubbing and better offline playlist support.

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore announced the news on Twitter before the app showed up in the Windows Store on Monday morning.

As well as track scrubbing and improved offline playlist support, which should make for fewer glitches and crashes, Spotify's Windows Phone app adds more language support, with a total of 19 now supported.

There are no other notable new features to report, although users can expect to find 3G playback support, the ability to send tracks to friends and a What's New view. To use the app beyond the free trial period, users will need to cough up for a Spotify Premium account.

However, users might want to think twice about doing so if the app's reviews are anything to go by. At the Windows Store users have been quick to bemoan the app, saying it's pale compared to Spotify's iOS and Android apps.

Still, if you fancy giving it a go, Spotify is available to download from the Windows Store for free, and is compatible only with devices running Windows Phone 8. µ


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