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09 August 2017, 06:00 | Camille Rivera
Spotify arrives on Xbox Live as Microsoft revamps Xbox dashboard with 'Fluent Design'
The app that has arrived on Xbox One looks very different to the version on the desktop because of the use of the Desktop Bridge which is basically a port of the Win32 Spotify app. As a matter of fact, Microsoft had its own music service with Groove, but it has probably come to terms with the fact that the lack of Spotify on Xbox One puts it in an unfavorable position.
In a blog post, Mikael Ericsson - Spotify's product director for platform and partner experience - said Xbox users have long requested the ability to create gaming playlists on Spotify.
Home, Social, and My Games and Apps screens are also now unified, with no unnecessary loading when you switch between them to call up additional assets, which is a nice change for people bothered by unnecessary visual fluff bogging down menu navigation. "The new integration means that millions of Xbox One gamers can now choose the ideal music from Spotify to provide a fresh gaming soundtrack every time". The release comes over two years after Sony released a Spotify app for the PlayStation 4, through an exclusivity deal that locked Microsoft out of offering a similar choice.
The Spotify app can be downloaded from the Xbox Store now, and enables you to play your favourite albums, podcasts and playlists from your Spotify account.
The new app is straightforward enough to get installed.
Spotify is available on Xbox One in 34 countries (including New Zealand and Australia) from today.
Spotify boasts a number of gaming-specific features.
To mark the occasion, Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb shared a playlist that he personally curated. You can use Spotify Connect in the phone app to pick and choose songs without having to leave the game you're playing.
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Like the PS4 version, Spotify Connect will allow users to control music playback through their phones, tablet or laptop. As rumored (and then sorta leaked ) over the past couple of weeks, Spotify is finally coming to the Xbox One.
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