A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a Swedish technology consultant’s interesting Instagram post of Spotify for the iPad with the caption, “It’s getting closer!”
Well, today, that statement has come to fruition. Spotify has received a major update that makes the music streaming app iPad compatible and its beautiful.
The update brings Spotify to the iPad, which takes full advantage of the larger screen by offering multiple window views at the same time. It is similar to the way Facebook designed their iPad-optimized app. Instead of a single view with a list that users scroll down to read, or tap to access, there is a permanent sidebar with the main features Search, What’s New, Inbox, Playlist and People for users to access without having to backtrack through the app.
When a feature is tapped, a window pops up beside it, and when a band or song is selected, another window pops up beside that one. Two windows are always viewable at the same time and users can quickly return to an earlier window by swiping across the screen in the direction of the previous window.
For anyone that uses Spotify for free, now is the time to upgrade to the premium service. Unfortunately, the company does not let users access streaming of music with the free subscription. However, just like with the iPhone app, users can sync their tracks offline by connecting their iPad to their computer, launching Spotify on their desktop and marking a playlist for offline syncing to the iPad.