Spotify for Windows Phone 7 Review
No surprise to to see the music steaming giant try launch products across all platforms, but how well does the WP7 Varrient compare to the likes of its Android and iOS Devices?
In terms of the general layout Spotify has gone with the WP7 theme and navigating through menus is clear, swipe to the right for new release, again for currently playing and again back to the home screen.
Searching for a playlist could not be made any simpler, just hit the search box and your results are listed, Artist, album and song, again swipe left or right to the corresponding tab.
Offline playlists are included in the release and again a quick swipe at the top of the screen to sync for offline mode
The Metro Tab of the Spotify app updates with current songs that you are playing, which serves as a nice extra and keeps things inline with the WP7 theme, also when the lock screen is active you can stop, skip and play songs directly, meaning you don’t need to open the app to skip a song or pause it, one last nice addition when the earphones or any device is removed from the headphone jack Spotify will automatically stop whatever you currently are playing.
The “People” sections gives you information for friends that are using Spotify and gives you access to their playlists and vice versa.
There are a number of small negative points within the Spotify app, but i am not sure if that is to do with the development of the app, or WP7 current build, for example, when minimising Spotify and for say you wanted to compose a text and then re-open Spotify, you would think you simply hold the back button and go instantly into Spotify. Not the case here, 8/10 times Spotify would re-load, like you were to open the app for the first time making the whole thing feel slow, we are talking 4 seconds or so just to go back into the app.
You cant half synq offline playlists, many of times I have made a playlist and just do not have time to finish downloading it, with Android or iOS you can stop halfway and what ever you managed to download is ready but with the WP7 version you cant.
The Spotify app is a must have, I find the whole echo system of Spotify to be glorious, putting music on my phone through Zune is just plane hard work, when I can have most of my music collection with me, online or offline a simple and intuitive app to acsess these and it feel in the same WP7 style i love, its no question for me that this is the music app I need!
Yes there are some quite annoying negative points, but when you look at the alternative Zune, I think its a small price to pay, what are your thoughts?