Spotify for Windows Phone: This Is How Every Windows Phone App Should Look

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It took a million zillion years, but Spotify is finally on Windows Phone. Our favorite streaming service is looking mighty pretty in its new Metro duds—almost enough to forgive it for being so late to the party.

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What's it do?

Spotify lets you stream music from its massive library of available songs and albums, and create and share playlists with friends via Facebook integration. One of the reasons that Spotify says the app took so long to make it into the Marketplace is that they were working on getting it looking and feeling perfect—like an extension of Windows Phone's Metro UI instead of just another third party app. They nailed it. The People interface, powered by Facebook, is especially slick: It takes you to your friend's profile, where you're shown a list of top artists, tracks, and published playlists, all in the visual style of Metro.

Why do we like it?

Rdio and Zune do a lot of what Spotify does, though without the Facebook contacts, but Spotify does it prettier, and with a larger catalog. Syncing or downloading music to your handset, for instance, is simplified, with a Yes/No switch instead of long presses and icons. The whole experience just feels easier to navigate, and very, very smooth, even on older, 1GHz phones.

Illustration for article titled Spotify for Windows Phone: This Is How Every Windows Phone App Should Look

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Download this app for:

The Best

Deep Metro integration, simple interface

The Worst

Super late

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DISCUSSION

The5thElephant
The5thElephant

Rdio definitely does Facebook contacts. I don't know where you got the idea they didn't. They are integrated into the open graph exactly like Spotify is.

Rdio actually has better social features since you can find your Twitter friends and there is commenting/reviewing on an artist/album/song basis. You can follow people who have interesting taste. Spotify has none of that.

Lastly I would heavily argue the point that Spotify is prettier. It certainly isn't ugly, but I find Rdio's lighter aesthetic to be a lot more consistent and pleasing to use. This new Windows app does look nice though.

Does Spotify even have a larger catalog? In total number maybe, but they include European licenses there, many of which we can't actually listen to here in the US.