Spotify Update Brings Running Feature to Android Port

Spotify Update Brings Running Feature to Android Port

Sep 15, 2015

Spotify Music is bringing it’s pace-keeping feature to its Android app.

The feature uses music in based on the users history. After starting the app, all one needs to do is select a genre, and start moving; the app automatically gauges the users pace and plays music accordingly.

From the release post:

Since the launch of Spotify Running, millions of you have laced up and hit the road together with the best musical motivation out there.

Today we’re thrilled to be bringing the same great experience to our Android users.

With Spotify Running, we’ve combined the best music on the planet with recommendations based on your listening history, multiple-genre playlists as well as original running compositions.

Simply select your tempo and start running. We’ll match the perfect music in time to your step to help you go the extra mile.

Spotify Running on Android starts rolling out to users today. Learn more on

Spotify is free on Google Play (with in-app purchases); the update bringing the new feature is rolling out now.

[via Spotify]

Soundrop Releases Android App

Soundrop Releases Android App

Dec 23, 2013

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Soundrop is a music service that allows people to get together digitally, in the so-called rooms, and talk, listen to, and exchange their favorite music. It’s tied in with Spotify, so if you have a Spotify account, you can get a lot more from your music library by sharing it with others. The app can be downloaded for free from here:

Spotify Expands Free Listening Options on Mobile

Spotify Expands Free Listening Options on Mobile

Dec 11, 2013

The headlines will say “Spotify enables free listening on mobile!” but really, the truth is this: Spotify has simply expanded what can be listened to for free on mobile, while still placing restrictions.

Now, on mobile it’s possible to listen to individual artists in Shuffle Play mode, with the occasional ad playing. If you want to listen to tracks in order, save it as a playlist, where there’s no Shuffle Play restriction. This is handy for listening to albums straight-through. So while this isn’t quite the same level of access as the desktop version, where listening to anything for free can be done as long as one can tolerate ad playback, it’s still a nice step forward. Of course, unlimited listening can still be had by paying for Spotify Premium, so nothing new under the sun for subscribers, other than hey, Led Zeppelin is on Spotify now.

The Spotify app with expanded free listening is available now for free on Google Play.

New Spotify Mobile App Review

New Spotify Mobile App Review

May 21, 2012

I’m going to start this app review by saying how much I love Spotify. I made the unfortunate mistake of getting Spotify Premium and now I am hopelessly addicted. For those who are not aware of what Spotify is, it is a service that allows the user to browse and listen to nearly every music track in existence. It is like owning the entire iTunes Store, but for free. Naturally there is a paid version that offers advanced features such as higher streaming rates, offline playback, mobile access, and ad-free listening. For subscribers of Premium, such as myself, one of the biggest advantages was being able to stream songs through Spotify onto any mobile device. Unfortunately, until now the Spotify app had been one of the most frustrating experiences on a smartphone since Facebook updated their Android app.

Now available on the Spotify website for download is a completely new app that bears no resemblance to the old clunker, and has been completely rebuilt from scratch. Because this is still in testing phase, it is not out on the Play Store but rather available for download as an .apk file to be manually installed. For any Spotify Premium user, I would definitely recommend giving it a shot, even for those who have never manually installed an application before.

The app has too many changes to name, and every one of them is for the better. It is more stable than its predecessor as well as markedly faster. The styling has changed from a dreary dark gray and green to a white and lime combo that takes definite nods towards Google’s restyling of all their web services. The giant gray buttons are now replaced by simple, flat squares and rectangles, and the obtrusive ‘Now Playing’ tab is gone. The menu is accessed in the exact same way as in Facebook’s new app, and the two look so similar that I cannot tell specifically if there are any differences. Searching for a song is finally logical and the feeling of needing to outsmart the app just to find a song is mercifully gone. While the whole app revolves around the ‘Playlist’ feature, ‘What’s New’ makes an appearance and artist and album pages have been redesigned with giant cover photos adorning the header.

With the reincarnation of their Android app, Spotify has more than likely brought themselves Premium subscribers in droves. The argument to stay at Spotify Free and not upgrade to Premium just got a little bit harder to make.