Spotify for Windows Phone 8 Arrives in Beta Form
Spotify has released a beta version of its music sharing and discovery application for the Windows Phone 8 platform. Spotify Beta Version 2.0 for Windows Phone 8 is a free download, though it requires a monthly subscription fee for playback on mobile devices (same is true of Android and iOS versions). The app lets WP8 device owners search through millions of tracks, explore friends' playlists, stream playlists via cellular and Wi-Fi or cache playlists for offline playback, as well as star tracks and create playlists on the fly. Spotify also links to users' Facebook accounts for sharing.
Spotify and Facebook Create Playlist Mashup In Messenger
Spotify and Facebook have rolled out a new tool they believe will make listening to music more social. The tool, called Group Playlists for Messenger, lets people create and build Spotify playlists together within Messenger.
YouTube Music Now Supports Custom Offline Playlists
Google updated its YouTube Music application recently and made it possible for users to create their own playlists for offline listening. Before the update, YouTube Music would create mixtape for subscribers using its own algorithms — subscribers could not pick and choose individual songs or albums for offline playback.
Deezer Opens Up Service to Everyone In the US
Deezer today made its music-streaming service available to anyone who wants it in the U.S. The service was previously limited to Cricket Wireless customers and those who owned Sonos home stereo equipment.
Spotify's Android App Gains 'Running' Playlist
Spotify today updated its Android app with the Running playlist feature available to the iOS app since May. Spotify Running places an emphasis on discovering the songs that match tempo to the runner's pace.