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Spotify on Android: Workarounds for Missing Features

Spotify on Android: Workarounds for Missing Features

Tweet The new Spotify for Android app has been widely praised (not least by me) but there were some features from the previous version that were either dropped completely or hidden away. Fear not though as there are some workarounds you can try: read on to find out how!   How to Play Local Music Files Spotify on Android used to have a Local Files area that listed all the MP3s and other non-Spotify music files stored on your phone. You [...]
Spotify for Android Update: Here’s What’s New

Spotify for Android Update: Here’s What’s New

Tweet The Spotify update for Ice Cream Sandwich came out of preview today – get the update (0.5.0) from the Play store. It’s a huge improvement over the previous released version, so you’ll definitely want to upgrade (no matter what version of Android you use). I reviewed the preview version of this update already, so here’s a look at what’s changed since then.   Playlist Folders The biggest new feature for me is Playlist [...]
Spotify Preview for Android: Full Hands-On Review

Spotify Preview for Android: Full Hands-On Review

Tweet Spotify finally released an update to their Android app this week and boy did they come up with something special! Released as a “preview” version (so it’s not yet available in the Google Play store), this beta app is a complete rewrite that brings a host of features to Spotify on Android for the first time. It’s also fully compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich, making this the first Spotify tablet app. The web is full of press [...]
Some Suggestions to Get Spotify Working on Ice Cream Sandwich

Some Suggestions to Get Spotify Working on Ice Cream Sandwich

Tweet UPDATE: try the new Spotify Preview for Android – a complete rewrite of the app and ICS-compatible! Who remembers the Android release called Gingerbread? This was version 2.3 released in December 2010 so it’s now over a year old, but unfortunately it remains the most-recent version of Android supported by Spotify. Honeycomb (v3.x) is not supported and neither is the version currently rolling out to millions of handsets [...]
Asus Transformer Prime – UK Review

Asus Transformer Prime – UK Review

Tweet My HTC Desire and 7” Samsung Galaxy Tab went on ebay at the end of 2011 to fund my purchase of an Asus Transformer Prime. Through a £499 pre-order on ebuyer.com, I was lucky enough to receive this amazing Android tablet a few days before the official UK release and have now had a week or so to play about with it. Here are my impressions!   Hardware The UK version of Asus Transformer Prime is the 32GB Prime + Dock combo, tightly [...]
Searching Your Playlists on Spotify Mobile

Searching Your Playlists on Spotify Mobile

Tweet A reader of this blog sent me an email recently to ask how to search for an artist or song in playlists on Spotify Mobile. This would seem like a simple question with a simple answer. Unfortunately Spotify have made it rather difficult to do this, but there is a way to kind of get what you want. Read on for the solution! Reader Joe asked the following: “I’ve recently upgraded to Spotify Premium and am having trouble with [...]
Ten Basic Things Spotify for Android Doesn’t Do (But Really Should)

Ten Basic Things Spotify for Android Doesn’t Do (But Really Should)

Tweet I use Spotify on my Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone every day, and its limitations are really starting to grate. I’ve already posted at length about how Spotify’s Android app pales in comparison to its iPhone counterpart (see the Spotify Mobile Faceoff: iPhone vs. Android), but there are some problems that I’ve gotten so used to that I wanted to step back and list a few things that really ought to be in there.   I’m [...]
Google Music Beta vs. Spotify

Google Music Beta vs. Spotify

Tweet Google Music Beta is a cloud-based music locker service that lets you store up to 20,000 tracks for free. You can then play back your music either via a Flash-enabled webpage or an Android smartphone app. The Android app includes an offline option to store local copies of your songs. I’ve been using Google Music Beta for the past couple of weeks, putting it through its paces and comparing how it handles versus Spotify. Overall [...]
SpotSearch: Lyric-based Search for Spotify Mobile

SpotSearch: Lyric-based Search for Spotify Mobile

Tweet SpotSearch is an app for Spotify Mobile (iPhone and Android) that finds a song on Spotify based on some lyrics you enter. In a way it’s similar to Shazam, but instead of playing it a sample of music you type in some words from the song instead. Maybe you have a tune in your head and you can’t remember what it’s called or who it’s by. If you know a line from the lyrics, use SpotSearch to find and play the song in Spotify. Using [...]
Spotify Mobile Faceoff: iPhone vs. Android

Spotify Mobile Faceoff: iPhone vs. Android

Tweet Spotify Mobile on iPhone and Android are both reasonably mature apps now, having been launched simultaneously back in September 2009. At the time, the Android version had a slight edge in terms of features, with its unique ability to Sync Over 3G, a What’s New area, and most crucially the ability to play in the background. But the iPhone version seemed to take priority at Spotify and within a few months it had caught up then taken [...]
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