Is the song available or not?
Annoyingly, Spotify continues to display song titles which you have stored locally, but which it doesn't have on its servers, in grey. This is ambiguous and suggests the song isn't available ... Why do you need to be told this? If you already have it locally, who cares whether it's on the Spotify's servers or not?
Not all metadata is transferred. Playcounts and ratings are not transferred in the import. In fact, ratings in Spotify are the simple binary star. This might be a deal breaker for some.
It does show some odd inconsistencies in the Spotify library.
Spotify imports what it can, including iPhone voice memos.
So let's make a custom playlist and see how it works.
Syncing in action
Custom playlists in Spotify now show the album artwork as a sequence of thumbnails too. Juggling the order of the playlist juggles the thumbnails.
While playlists synced fine, the data didn't. This list, for example, didn't play.
Spotify's new iPhone client
Next page: Buying stuff
Spotify to do list
I don't experience the issues some of the correspondants have had as I only use Spotify premium from my iPhone. If you meddle with it on a bunch of PCs too you'll get the "incredible disappearing cache" issue, as those friendly Swedes decide you are proliferating your library on too many devices...
I agree with the previous poster who said the changes are not really relevant - they seem to be aiming for not-necessarily-target-market peeps (aka. the reviewer??)
I'm very happy to not own the music anymore - as a rabid CD collector, now reformed, I'm surprised how easy it was to wean myself off both CDs and iTunes. Spotify managed it though.
My feature wish-list would be, amongst others:
Hierarchical folders so you can manage the massive list better
Auto-catchup for artists - get new stuff without loads of searching - the opposite of the "disappearing track" syndrome.
Master-device allocation - my iPhone cannot be nuked by Spotify in a random fashion, as happens now. [I must add, this hasn't happened recently as I ONLY use it on my iPhone]
Have they always done this?
No. The advent of 10 hours a month and a maximum of five plays per track is new. Presumably to encourage take up of their £5 per month unlimited subscription service and £10 per month premium service. No big surprise perhaps.
"When Spotify added mobile support, it seemed quite the novelty to pick an album from its vast library a few minutes before heading home, to hear it all on the ride home. But that turned out to be more of a theoretical feature than the reality. Spotify on the iPhone was hampered by the lack of background multitasking in iOS 4 – more often that not you'd have a partial download."
I don't get this at all. I use the offline listening mode on the iPhone almost every day. I have never had any problem with this functionality as you describe. It is one of the reasons I pay for the Premium subscription. Spotify has had the ability to run in the background on iOS for ages.
As a premium subscriber I find the latest update - the ability to buy individual tracks - to be pointless; and the new ipod functionality does not work with subscription tracks.
I already love Spotify. but the new release does nothing for me. maybe the next development should be something that is useful to Premium subscribers - the ones who are actually paying them.