Hands On: Spotify App on Xbox One

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Load up the app on a supported device while using the Xbox One version, and you'll be able to control and load up music directly on the device. In addition, you can also control your music from the Spotify app on your smartphone or computer while listening to it on your Xbox One so you don't have to pause or interrupt your game to switch tracks. The new app for the games console allows users to listen to playlists mid-game, stream on-demand songs and browse the full catalogue of music.

On a related note, Spotify is coming to Xbox Live today, according to Aaron Greenberg, head of Xbox Games Marketing. For some time now, Xbox gamers have been telling us that they'd like to be able to soundtrack their own gaming sessions using Spotify, to make every single session feel new and unique.

The Spotify Xbox One app interface.

This is the third big redesign of the Xbox One Dashboard as Microsoft continues to try and make things simpler for players.




Download and install the "Spotify Music - for Xbox" app.

The app also features a curated playlist from Larry Hryb, a figure in the Xbox gaming community more commonly known as Major Nelson.

Its absence was felt most when Spotify first launched on PlayStation 4 two years ago (especially when Microsoft was still pushing its first-party music store), and it's since been a lingering point of contention between the two consoles.

The first thing that Xbox One Insiders will notice upon installing the update is the new Xbox One home screen, created to focus on "speed, customization, and expression". Although Microsoft would rather players use its own Groove platform, the company has collaborated with Spotify to ensure the app offers the best possible experience.

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