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Xbox One Spotify Is Coming To Xbox One

  1. Spotify is planning to release an Xbox One app soon. Pictures of Microsoft's Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) testing a Spotify app for Xbox One were spotted on Reddit earlier this week, fuelling speculation that a real Spotify Xbox app is on the way. Sources familiar with Spotify and Microsoft's plans confirm that a Spotify app for Xbox One is coming soon, and is currently being tested internally.

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    Another Reddit user noticed this article about Spotify on the Microsoft retail partner training portal.

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    Spotify arrived in the Windows Store recently as a desktop version for Windows 10 devices, and not a special Universal Windows App that works on Xbox One devices. The new Spotify app for Xbox app will mean Microsoft's console now has access to the popular music streaming service, more than two years after Spotify first debuted on Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. Microsoft is also planning a number of dashboard enhancements to the Xbox One in the coming months, in the lead up to the new Xbox One X console.
     
  2. Microsoft has confirmed its existence. Major Nelson's latest “this week on Xbox” video includes a brief glimpse of Spotify running as a background app on the Xbox One, confirming that the app will work while games are played.

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  3. Spotify for Xbox One is available for download today, with the new streaming music app finally launching on Microsoft's console.

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    Just as on desktop and mobile, there's support for all the usual Spotify playlists – including those organized by mood and genre – and access to your weekly Discover playlist and the new releases. Importantly, Spotify for Xbox One also supports background playback. That means, even if you're playing a game, you can still have streaming music playing rather than the game's own soundtrack. It doesn't appear that Spotify for Xbox One will support offline playback, although that's less of an issue for a console that's permanently connected to the network.

    Usefully, you don't need to be in front of your TV – with controller in hand – to actually manage playback. Thanks to Spotify Connect, as long as your Xbox One and your smartphone are on the same WiFi network, you can control what's playing from the Spotify app. Tapping “Devices Available” should reveal the console in the list of playback options. That means you can control playback without having to exit the game you're currently playing.

    You'll find the Spotify Music for Xbox One app in the Entertainment menu, under “All apps” when it's released today.
     
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