Spotify has a new mobile app for Android that’s easier to navigate, has a better sound quality, and includes more social discovery features.
Designed for the new Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich, the app is ready for download on Google Play, although it does require a premium subscription at $9.99 per month.
It’s been rebuilt from top to bottom, with a slide-out bar for easier navigation. At the request of many users, the new Spotify app also supports playlist folders.
There are some new social features, like the ability to check out friends’ profile pages and playlists. You can also share (a.k.a. scrobble) the tracks you’re listening to on Last.fm and Facebook.
For the first time on a mobile device, the Spotify app will show related artists in a special window. Here, Classical crossover star Josh Groban shares a screen with Charlotte Church and other artists who will raise you up to climb mountains, let your heart go on, etc. from the safety of your pocket.
The songs come with high-resolution images, bringing the beauty of the old album jackets to the Android.
Along with a new interface, the app should have an improved sound quality with a higher bitrate, as well as crossfade and gapless playback settings.
“The feedback we got from the preview we released a few weeks back was really positive,” said Gustav Södertröm, VP products at Spotify in a statement. “We wanted to give our users something special – we really hope you like it.”