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Spotify stops support for Windows Phone app (UPDATE)

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Spotify stops support for Windows Phone app (UPDATE)
The update that Spotify sent out for its Windows Phone app in February 2015 will be that app's final update. The music streamer has decided that it no longer is worth it to add the newest features for the small number of Windows Phone users. Yes, that hardy bunch will still have access to the app, but it will continue to fall behind the capabilities of the iOS and Android versions of Spotify.

UPDATE: Spotify reached out to tell us that this story is based on a tweet that was incorrectly released. As it turns out, Spotify has sent out an update to its Windows Phone 8.1 app today. This new version, 5.2, also includes support for Windows 10. Spotify has issued a statement: "Our main goal at Spotify is to offer the best music experience on the market, covering all platforms. To clarify our recent information regarding the Windows Phone experience, we will continue supporting the Windows Phone 8.1 experience moving forward and we are actually improving our support for Windows 10 in our coming update 5.2, which will be available starting today."

As for a Windows 10 version of Spotify, the company says that it can't say if or when such a release will be out. But at the same time, it did say that if such an app was created users would receive a notification that the update was ready to be installed.

Spotify has 75 million users at last count, with 20 million paid subscribers and 55 million using the free, ad-supported tier of service.

"We can confirm Windows Phone 8.x is no longer supported. You can still use our Spotify application on the associated devices but it will no longer receive any further updates and download the application. We apologize for the inconvenience...regarding Windows 10, we can’t say at the moment if or when any specific release will be out, but as soon as there is something new, you will receive a notification on your device that an update is available and prompted to download it."-Spotify

source: MSPoweruser

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posted on 13 Mar 2016, 19:59 10

1. LittleGaGaKiller (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


what is Windows Phone? Are there still people stuck in the 2000s ?

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:10 4

14. greenelektron (Posts: 530; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Microsoft should create Windows Android version. There's no other way but to Android.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:45 3

16. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


MS has found another way out: Windows 10 continuum Universal app support.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 23:07 1

20. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


living in a dream and waiting for your dream to come true is not a bad thing

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 08:41 5

29. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 118; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


http://www.windowscentral.com/spotify-isnt-going-anywhere-and-will-continue-supporting-windows-ecosystem

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 07:13 1

26. FoneAddict (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Windows Phone is DEAD. Long live Nokia!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 08:40 3

28. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 118; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


what the.,,, with this page....http://www.windowscentral.com/spotify-isnt-going-anywhere-and-will-continue-supporting-windows-ecosystem

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 20:01 2

2. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Ouch. That's a dagger.

I wonder how many major App developers have gone mass Exodus now?

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 20:24 14

4. Gemmol (Posts: 790; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


This website do a horrible job for windows phone news so it's not much of a dagger, it's just like when bank of America remove their app for windows phone 8 and 8.1 but now they bringing back a universal windows 10 app that connects with all your windows 10 devices, but I'm pretty sure this website never posted that about bank of America doing a universal windows 10 app, but I bet if you search for bank of America windows phone app you will find the one that say they removing support, this worse website for windows news, if it didn't have a good community of friends here, would no longer need to be on here

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 20:59 2

8. elitewolverine (Posts: 5176; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You sir are correct. Relying on this sight for anything windows phone related is like relying on my cousin to pay me back...aint gonna happen. Do they post some stuff? Sure. Good stuff? At times. But they don't have a single good windows writer.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 08:42 1

30. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 118; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


http://www.windowscentral.com/spotify-isnt-going-anywhere-and-will-continue-supporting-windows-ecosystem

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 20:20 2

3. Gemmol (Posts: 790; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Instead of putting in the title no more updates for Spotify for windows 8 and 8.1 phones, they put on the headline for windows phone, so all the people who do not read the article will think it include all windows phone even windows phone 10, but I guess this how this website work with posting windows phone news

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 21:49 2

12. lyndon420 (Posts: 4179; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Anyone coming to this site probably already has a good idea of the difference between Windows Phone and Windows 10.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:44 2

15. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


But majority still doesn't. And it harms the chances ogmf Windows 10's success.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 20:27 1

5. Unordinary (Posts: 1461; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Good. Maybe this will open up Microsofts eyes and start funding, in all aspects, the developer ecosystem of WP. Payout, tools, support, conferences, incentives, advertising to the outside world, the whole nine yards.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 21:00

9. elitewolverine (Posts: 5176; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


The average windows dev, the good ones, make nearly 12k per month off a very small user base. Where the equivalent makes 8k on ios or 4900 on android.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 21:34

10. Unordinary (Posts: 1461; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Interesting. Can I see some hard evidence? I like those stats

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:51 1

17. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Wan to see hard evidence?
Here you go:

www(dot)phonearena(dot)com/news/Report-Windows-Pho​ne-app-developers-gross-twice-as-much-as-their-And​roid-counterparts_id78854

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:51

18. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Wanna to see hard evidence?
Here you go:

www(dot)phonearena(dot)com/news/Report-Windows-Pho​ne-app-developers-gross-twice-as-much-as-their-And​roid-counterparts_id78854

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 19:45

35. elitewolverine (Posts: 5176; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Posted here.

The competition on WinPhone is much less than other app stores, meaning most likely a more loyal fan base to said apps, and probably, I could be grossly assuming, probably keep their apps longer.

However, with the various multiplat tools out there, supporting 3 mobile os's has never been easier. I know I would quite my day job for 30k a month (if I got to all 3 os's with something popular)

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 20:29 8

6. iusshpandeh (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


Windows 10 Universal app is coming!

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 20:42 4

7. kopkiwi (Posts: 49; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Disgustingly titled article ya dickheads.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 21:44

11. jroc74 (Posts: 6004; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I hate to pile one but its really not looking good for the future of Win Mo.

At some point they have to look at the money spent, invested in Win Mo vs what they could do just supporting the competition. That and Android license fees...its IMO a no brainer to just close up shop.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 21:59 1

13. Leandronb (Posts: 86; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


WP keeps getting worse day by day.
I just helped my dad start using skype in his lumia 730, and the android app is miles better than the WP, is just stupid.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:54

19. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


It's the fault of the developers, they're not stuffing in the latest bells and whistles in the WP version of their apps.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 23:11

21. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


fault of developers? man, skype is microsoft's own application...

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 01:11

22. Mfa901 (Posts: 273; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


sorry to say but...I don't think windows phone will survive another year...

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 05:33

25. sip1995 (Posts: 1572; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Yeah, Windows 10 Mobile on 17th of March.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 07:20 2

27. sip1995 (Posts: 1572; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Alan UPDATE your articlehttp://mspoweruser.com/spotify-updating-windows-phone-8-1-app-version-5-2-improving-support-windows-phone/

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:52

31. profperez1 (Posts: 69; Member since: 08 May 2012)


Sadly I had to leave Windows OS. I'm a MLB At-Bat guy--so I had to ditch it. It was really the best and most interesting phones I had. So I am using an iPhone 6+...YAWN! Why does anyone spend $800+ for the same phone that they created 10 years ago. The battery life hasn't even improved. I will say it has a great camera.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 12:11 1

32. ZeroCide (Posts: 771; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Poor Title!!! Also now false reporting according to other sources on the net. Tis writer needs to get a better fact checker. or stop asking Siri for article advise.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:39 1

33. cdgoin (Posts: 521; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


OK this is NOT an issue.. its no different than saying they quit supporting IOs 7 or Android CupCake.. seriously.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:41

34. gersont1000 (Posts: 317; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Glad to hear the update. I'm a big Android fan but I'm really hoping that Windows phones can become some kind of a threat in the smartphone race. If the horrible app availability problem was corrected, I would seriously consider a Windows phone.

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