My new Samsung Galaxy S runs Android. I have wanted an MP3 player for a long time as I spend a lot of time in the car. The radio had got boring and the same songs were played over and over again. Don’t get me started on the annoying adverts. I looked into MP3 Players but decided I would just get a decent phone that did everything I needed.
Well, I recently heard about Spotify and their subscription service. For £9.99 a month I can store something like 3333 songs on each device. When I found out that they had an Android App I was sold. I signed up as you do and downloaded the Client to my PC. I then downloaded the Android App to my phone.
The PC Software is easy to use and I could find a number of the songs I was looking for. Unfortunately Spotify did not appear to have anything by Oasis which was a shame as well as a surprise at the same time. The Album art is good and downloads to my Android Phone without a hiccup. What was more impressive was the fact that when I add songs to my offline playlist on my PC, the changes were reflected on my Android. No more syncing up like with the Napster to Go Service I had used previously. Song quality is good at 160Kbps and you can select a lower bit rate in order to reduce the amount of storage space you use per song.
The Spotify player runs reliably and has not crashed to date. I use it for roughly three hours per day. The usual features are present such as shuffle and repeat. I couldn’t see a graphic equaliser though and a quick check as I am writing this has found nothing. Other options include how you would like to sync, either through Wifi or through 3G. I would only recommend using Wifi as data charges could be incurred using your Mobile Internet. You can also force the application to run in offline mode so that you can be sure it doesn’t connect to the Internet. A reassuring feature as you wouldn’t want a large Mobile Phone Bill landing on your doormat.
All in all Spotify has become one App I could not live without on my Android Phone.
I also found this neat website called sharemyplaylists.com. As its name suggests, it allows you to share and download other peoples playlists. I would recommend taking a look.