28
May
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One of the biggest peeves that, well, everyone had when the redesigned Spotify app hit the scene back in June of last year (yes, it's already been a year) was the lack of landscape support. Updates came and went, but we were all left wanting.

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Here we are, one year later, and landscape support is here. It's finally real. For me, personally, there's just one problem: I canceled my Spotify premium membership yesterday and switched to Play Music All Access as my full-time streaming service. It's actually kind of mind boggling.

But I digress. This is a great addition, regardless of the timing. The update is a "staged rollout," meaning that it's not available for all devices right now. It'll be making the rounds throughout the day, so you'll just have to periodically check to see if it's available for your device.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/ApplCobbler Ricky Wainwright

    Good to hear. Spotify is awesome.

  • ranova

    dropped them also. Its pretty stupid that someone could hack the APK and change one line to enable landscape, why didnt they enable it right away?

  • Haunter

    This. After All Access was announced, I fired up my trial period and gave it a whirl. Cleaner than Spotify, plays nicely with my entire Google ecosystem, a few bucks cheaper each month... the only minor issues I have with AA is social integration, the way Spotify does with Facebook, for currently listening and playlist sharing... and the few artists/albums I've come across that Spotify has over All Access. Though, the latter will likely be fixed pretty quick... as they've got deeper pockets to purchase music rights and what not.

    • Matthew Fry

      I have been extremely impressed with the breadth of the All Access catalog. I've never tried Spotify but why would I at a higher price? Oh. Weird. I'm not used to being on the big guy's side.

  • anzensepp1987

    Well, apart from these few US-users nobody can use Google Music All Access until today. I'll definitely stick with Spotify until that day X when All Access opens for access from Germany in some decades...

    • Eric Liou

      I have not problem with All Access. Just fire up a VPN to sign up and you are good to go. You don't need it to listen to music.
      Spotify, on the other hand, keep logging me out of the app (everyday), because it detects that I'm not listening from a available country. I had to fire up VPN and log in again. Every. Single. Day.
      So for me it's All Access.

      • anzensepp1987

        But I am not willing to pay for something semi-legal / illegal.

        • Eric Liou

          Yea.. there's that.
          But for me, both are semi-legal / illegal

    • Donatom3

      Hey the rest of the world got Spotify before we did here. I'm sure Google intends full well to get this spread out to more countries.

  • Hothfox

    They're still lacking detailed notification controls, though, which All Access has as well. That was surprisingly important to me.

  • Simon

    To the few that might've received the update; is it optimised in any way for tablets or is it just flipping the UI?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It just flips the UI and looks like crap. haha

  • Bojan Gutic

    If they had landscape mode a week earlier, I'd possibly still be with them. However, I'm now enjoying All Access.

  • Kalli Ross

    Is there still a way to access new music?

  • peterochford

    Missed it by that much.

  • crankyd00d

    Dropped them as well. Too little too late Spotify. Besides the stupid fake limitation of no screen rotation allowed, the app was giving me trouble sending music to my Bluetooth speaker when using my Nexus 7, basically I had to keep the screen on or it would stutter to death.
    That'll teach you a lesson to maintain your app and listen to your paying customers, in this day and age you cannot afford to ignore your app if you want to keep your customers, my friends and I all switched to All Access and from now on that is the service I will be recommending, unless of course they have an iPhone

  • http://www.dragaoboreal.com Beowulf Bjornson

    Since a lot of people are commenting about Play Music, for people that miss having lyrics in the web version, I've created an User Script that does exactly that:

    https://github.com/BeowulfBjornson/GooglePlayMusicLyrics

    It's free, open source and all :)

    • Donatom3

      Very nice. Would it take a ridiculous amount of time to get the lyrics to follow along with the song. Not that I'm complaining this is more than I had before.

    • Donatom3

      Very nice. Would it take a ridiculous amount of time to get the lyrics to follow along with the song. Not that I'm complaining this is more than I had before.

  • ed

    Two big issues for me with Google all access:
    -can't save playlists to sd card
    -inability to share and access so many playlists that Spotify has available.
    -no integration with Sonos which Spotify has.
    Until these are addressed I'm sticking with Spotify.

  • Justin

    I'm also testing out All Access and weighing which service I like better, but it seems Spotify is overall more intuitive. I can navigate the app faster and songs load instantly, whereas in AA songs sometimes take seconds to load.

  • sssgadget

    Can you put forth your reasons as to why you cancelled Spotify? Maybe I missed it if you did post it before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    I like Spotify and all but Google Play All Access is just better for me in every way but one. Built in Last.fm scrobbling on the browser. That's all I need and I'm in for life.

  • Donatom3

    Same here. Google All Access has been fantastic. Streams better even when I'm on a crappy Sprint 3G connection, And Google Play music has had landscape since the beginning.

  • Joe Menard

    Funny how they are willing to update the app after Google's All Acess Pass service is announced. Too late I already switched

    • Chris

      right.... because people must only use google services when they have an android phone /s

      • Joe Menard

        I think you are confusing Android with IOS. or maybe i just don't understand what you are getting at?

        • Chris

          I have an ipad and have some google apps installed. I have an android phone and don't use books, movies, and music. Plus a few other apps.

          Welcome to choice my friend.

    • lewishnl

      and everyone definitely switched within 10 seconds. No. I use Spotify in the UK where I get two large advantages, 1. I can actually get it, All Access isn't even available in the UK yet. 2. I get a student discount which means that I pay half the price (i.e. £5 a month instead of 10). Then come the other advantages: Social stuff is awesome by Spotify (and here in the UK it is basically the only streaming service people use so it's great that it integrates with Facebook well) and it has some really cool music apps as well as a very wide catalogue and good radio function.

      I love Google as much as the next guy, but with All Access I don't get it, what's so special. Early sign-up discount, great, but as I said, I pay less anyway for Spotify in the UK with student discount. It doesn't have as many features or apps as good on as many platforms. Yes I was really missing this particular feature in the android app, but they've fixed it now and so that's awesome. BTW Spotify have updated their android app regularly for years, I really don't think this is because of All Access...

  • Chris

    still like slacker...... that and the fact that its based here in the states....

  • Chris

    Sweet! Like everyone else, I have gotten to prefer All Access, but 99% of my music listening happens on iOS and without an iOS client, All Access is useless to me. So yay for Spotify app udpate!

  • Easton999GS

    Google Access absolutely kills my limited data plan while spotify uses like nothing. im sticking with spotify even though im currently paying for both

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  • Podycust

    Can someone post the apk please?

  • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

    Same here. Started the All Access trial as soon as it was announced, and never looked back. The only thing Spotify really does better (than anyone) is social integration, but since it's tied into Facebook, and I don't use Facebook, that's useless to me.

  • Jonathan Koren

    ROFL, I haven't heard a Tom Lehrer song in ages.

    "All the world seems in tune,
    On a spring afternoon,
    When we're poisoning pigeons in the park..."

  • bobbutts

    Play all access seems ok, but most of my listening is on a windows desktop and the browser makes a poor client. Sticking with Spotify and removing rotation locker finally :)

  • Steven Z

    The only real reason I haven't switched to All Access is because there is still no iOS support. If they announce an iOS app before June 30th I will definitely switch to get the cheaper subscription.

    That said, this Spotify update still hasn't come to my Sony Tablet S or my Xperia Arc S :'(

  • JG

    I was going to ask how Google's new service compared to Spotify... But seeing so many "Oh I'm using Google now" posts I probably know the answer :)

    I haven't started my trial subscription yet... I don't know, I was never really all that impressed by Google Music when it first came out... Think it might have been just needing to keep a browser tab open to listen, where as with Spotify it's a whole separate window. But I guess I should at least give Google's new service a try.... Especially considering the cheaper monthly access is getting closer to an end...

    Is there any easy way to transfer over my stared tracks & play lists? Or will I just have to start all over again?

  • karlkroger

    I'm an old Rhapsody guy. I want to love Google, but the reality is Spotify is kicking the butts of both. The former because of the social integrations and discovering music from others; the latter because All Access is incredibly slow and not nearly as good at finding music from compilation albums.