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Spotify’s ICS upgrade brings the heat, we go hands-on

Spotify’s ICS upgrade brings the heat, we go hands-on

It's time to have a look at the upgrade Spotify promised us this morning with a basic hands-on - will it live up to the hype? And more importantly perhaps, will it be worth the wait? Users used to getting updates to their apps several times a month have been a bit baffled for several months now since Spotify launched in the USA and their Premium service (which includes this Android app) has gone relatively un-noticed by the developers who created it, or so it seemed - until now.

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Spotify updated for Android 4.0 ICS

Spotify updated for Android 4.0 ICS

This week we're getting an early preview of the newest version of the mobile version of the Spotify app, complete with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility. This update to the app has been long-awaited, especially since Spotify's Premium Userbase is the only set of folks able to get the full mobile experience with Android. This update has what Spotify describes as a full "top-to-bottom" redesign, works with much higher resolution graphics than ever before, and has an improved new music discovery engine.

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Spotify iPad app captured by Mr. Filtercam

Spotify iPad app captured by Mr. Filtercam

Try and use Spotify on your iPad right now. Go on, we’ll wait. Done? Yeah, that was pretty horrible, wasn’t it? Right now you have to scale up the phone app to be able to use the streaming music service, and while we’re still waiting for the elusive iPad app, new photos may indicate what we can look forward to when Spotify does eventually land. It looks pretty swish too.

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Spotify branded apps to come from McDonald’s, AT&T, et al

Spotify branded apps to come from McDonald’s, AT&T, et al

In an effort to bring in bigger streams of revenue from new sources, Spotify is prepared to launch a series of "branded apps" that feature products and brand names in exchange for advertising dollars. Among the companies already being tapped include AT&T, Intel, McDonald's, and Reebok. The way it would work is users could navigate to, say, the Reebok app if they wanted to get a really good workout playlist.

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Spotify Play Button embeds music for free

Spotify Play Button embeds music for free

Spotify has launched the Spotify Play Button, an embeddable media player allowing websites to insert a song, album or playlist directly into their pages. Targeting sites like band pages, which might want to allow fans to listen to their tracks without diverting them away from the page itself, the Spotify Play Button is free to use and offers access to the streaming media company's millions of tracks. Meanwhile, there's also integration into popular microblogging service Tumblr.

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Spotify premium service fails to deliver

Spotify premium service fails to deliver

If you were a fly on the wall at Spotify's office, you might be hearing a lot of murmuring about how to improve the company's premium music streaming service, which isn't performing up to expectations. The New York Post wasn't a fly on the wall, but it did manage to get some behind-closed-doors comments from an unnamed source at the social music pioneer. And the comments aren't very positive.

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Updated Spotify app to bring ICS UI

Updated Spotify app to bring ICS UI

Music loving Android fans have something to look forward to with an update in the works for the Spotify app according to rumors. Word surfaced yesterday that popular music streaming application was set to receive a significant update. The change is expected to include improved support for Android 4.0 with the ICS user interface included.

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Spotify lifts five play limit in certain European countries

Spotify lifts five play limit in certain European countries

If you don’t want to spring for Spotify Premium, $4.99 for unlimited desktop access and $9.99 to add mobile capabilities, you’re stuck with the free version. With that option you have to put up with commercials playing between songs, as well as the dreaded five play limit on songs. Spotify has revealed that they plan to lift this limit for certain European countries, although U.K and U.S users will still be saddled with the restriction for now.

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Spotify preparing family subscription plans

Spotify preparing family subscription plans

Music streaming service Spotify will be offering family subscription plans sometime in the near future, according to comments made by the company's chief content officer, Ken Parks. This should be a welcome option for Spotify subscribers and will certainly put pressure on the competition for rivals such as Rdio, which already offers family plans.

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