Spotify Makes an Early Appearance in the Windows Store

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Music + Videos, Windows 10 with 25 Comments

Spotify Makes an Early Appearance in the Windows Store

UPDATE: The Spotify Music app for Windows 10 is now available for download from the Windows Store.

We learned last month that Spotify would bring its app to the Windows Store sometime this year. And while that still hasn’t happened yet, they’ve made a step in the right direction. And you can now view the Store listing for the Spotify Music app online.

What you can’t do, at least not yet, is install the app. Which, as you may know, is just the standard desktop application wrapped in a Desktop Bridge container.

Here’s the official description:

Love music? Play your favorite songs and albums free on Windows 10 with Spotify.

Stream the tracks you love instantly, browse the charts or fire up readymade playlists in every genre and mood. Radio plays you great song after great song, based on your music taste. Discover new music too, with awesome playlists built just for you.

Stream Spotify free, with occasional ads, or go Premium.

– Play any song, artist, album or playlist instantly
– Browse hundreds of readymade playlists in every genre and mood
– Stay on top of the Charts
– Stream Radio
– Enjoy podcasts, audiobooks and videos
– Discover more music with personalized playlists

– Download tunes and play offline
– Listen ad-free
– Get even better sound quality
– Try it free for 30 days, no strings attached

There’s no word on the public release, but I’d guess it will be pretty soon.


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Comments (25)

25 responses to “Spotify Makes an Early Appearance in the Windows Store”

  1. JacobTheDev

    Any idea if centennial apps can be installed on the Xbox? I'd love Spotify in my living room.

  2. Shehzad Joss Yousaf

    I know this is hopelessly optimistic, but personally speaking, I felt it would have been great had they been able to release it as a UWP in the store, especially if it's just a web wrapper (I'm no expert, so excuse me if I'm way off the mark here).

  3. legend

    I installed the Spotify from the store yesterday. After a reboot, Spotify was stared automatically. It was in the "Startup" section of Task Manager... Am I the only one who thought that Store Apps don't have the permission to mess around with the system configuration?! If this is the first store app that does this, than it sets a dangerous precedent... After all, apps from the store should be safe to install/remove and should not slow down a machine. Starting crap on boot is, in fact, doing exactly that!

  4. anchovylover

    W10 at near on half a billion users and no UWP from Spotify! What is this telling us? Seriously, I'm curious as to why Spotify has done this.

  5. bbold

    It's available now, and it's amazing :D

  6. James Wilson

    So I jumped into Windows Store, search for Spotify. Nothing. That's weird. Expand the 'apps' section and as I'm looking down, I see it - at number 35 in the list of search results. Microsoft - you've really got to sort out searching the store. Surely if you search for Spotify - the app should be number one?

    Guess what number one was? Groove Music! Hmm.

  7. Marius

    Downloaded the app from the Store just now, and it’s running fine playing music.

  8. mejason83

    This app, at least for a little bit, should be front and center. I had to dig around to find it.

  9. SleepingPelican

    I'm glad Spotify and eventually iTunes are coming to the Store but I am a happy Groove Music customer and will be sticking with it.

  10. TheBlueSky

    It's available now; I just downloaded it.

  11. mruszczyk

    Isn't the Spotify App itself an electron app? I thought electron style apps could be ported to UWP very simply without the need for a centennial bridge but rather the web app style bridge.

  12. chrisrut

    "just the standard desktop application wrapped in a Desktop Bridge container."

    Why denigrate it? If it works, it works, and lends credibility to the usefulness of Desktop Bridge containers. To me, that's the story.

    Of course it would be nice if one could actually install it :-) I look forward to your review.

    • bbold

      In reply to chrisrut:

      I agree. Let's praise the new app, and hope for many more popular apps to come! Denigrating what it is will only discourage others from porting their apps over to the Store.

  13. rameshthanikodi

    This is great but really all I want is for an actual performant Spotify app, the app takes forever to launch.

  14. thea2_

    so should I drop Groove next year?

    • wolters

      In reply to thea2_:

      I like Groove but I don't need to have/maintain multiple music services. If Spotify worked on the XBOX, I just might move to it full time. I do have Groove, Amazon Music and Google Music. All three have their benefits: Groove on XBOX/Windows/Android. Amazon Music for my Echo's, PC's and Android Phones, and Google Music with commercial free YouTube, PC and Android Phone. Spotify comes comes the closest to working on all of my platforms, so if it comes to XBOX, will drop all but Google Music (again, commercial free YouTube.)

  15. MutualCore

    What a garbage fire of an app store. If you search 'Spotify' you have to go WAY down the list of search results to find it. This is another reason why Windows Store is an utter failure and of no interest to developers.