Spotify for Windows Phone 8 sheds beta tag, adds track scrubbing


Roughly five months after Spotify first rolled out a version of its streaming music service optimized for Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 8 operating system, the app is now exiting beta.

Spotify for Windows Phone 8 offers access to more than 16 million songs streamed over Wi-Fi or 2.5/3G. Users may create playlists, or browse and listen to playlists assembled by their friends. Subscribers also may download playlists for offline listening and pin their playlists to the Windows Phone device's Start screen. The updated version 2.0.4933.0 introduces track scrubbing--i.e., moving quickly forward or backward through a song as it plays--alongside offline playlist improvements and support for additional languages.

The Spotify app is free to download and includes 30 days of free mobile access. Once the trial ends, consumers will be charged $9.99 per month to access the full slate of music services.

Spotify is also available for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android. The service spans across 17 countries and touts more than 24 million active users across all platforms, but it faces increasing competition from fledgling initiatives like Apple's iTunes Radio and Google Play Music All Access.

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