Since the music streaming service Spotify
launched mobile apps back in 2009, and launched in the United States last summer, people who use the service have been clamoring for an iPad app to supplement their iPhone and desktop applications. Today, those millions of Premium subscribers got their wish.
The best way to truly experience the app is to watch the embedded video above or to go and download the app, but there are some things that the video does not hit on. First of all, this app does not include access to many of the Spotify desktop features that make Spotify such a compelling music service, such as music apps and Radio. For anyone familiar with Spotify's previously released mobile apps, you will be surprised to learn that the What's New section hasn't benefited from the large screen and, according to The Verge
, "is useless." Perhaps even more stunning, however, is the lack of a live feed of what your friends are currently listening too, another compelling feature of the desktop clients that feels like it would be right at home on the iPad's large screen.
It's not all bad news, of course. The app makes great use of the larger screen, and is "lightning fast," according to The Verge. The app even has built in unified instant search, which may come as a relief to those who've used the iPhone or Android apps to search for music. The application also features high-resolution graphics and artwork to make great use of the larger 10 inch screen and the higher screen resolutions available on the iPad.
The app is available now. You can download it here