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VIDEO ADDED: Spotify unleashes long-awaited iPad app

Video added 22.05.12

Published 02.05.12

Spotify has finally released its long-awaited bespoke iPad app.

Until now, iPad owners have had to make do with the Spotify app designed for the iPhone's smaller screen.

But now there's a full-size version available. Key features include:

• Retina graphics for compatibility with the new iPad's screen

• Easier browsing of Spotify's 18 million song catalogue

• New 'now playing' full-screen view with high-definition cover artwork

• Search for playlists, music and users, all from the same view

• Trending playlists and songs among your friends

• Gapless playback and crossfade

• Inbox grouped by user for easy search

• AirPlay integration

Spotify for iPad is available in the Apple App Store (opens in new tab) now.

There's also an updated version for iPhone users, which brings gapless playback, crossfade and hi-res album artwork to Spotify on the iPhone.

The update also promises to sort out syncing issues with offline playlists, which has been a reported issue for some users.

The iOS update across all devices is also available now in the Apple App Store (opens in new tab).

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Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.