Spotify, the music streaming service launched to great fanfare last year, has finally released its native iPad app. Previously, only a 960x640 iPhone/iPod Touch mobile app was available for Spotify subscribers who pay $10 a month for offline playback and mobile streaming. The new app is formatted for the new iPad's 2048x1536 resolution screen, and has all the functionality of the earlier client, including playlist creation, management, and syncing (up to 320kbps "Extreme" quality settings). You can download it now directly from iTunes, though it'll only work if you're a paying Spotify subscriber or are still in your trial period.
Spotify's three million paid subscribers have been clamoring for an iPad app for quite some time. Streaming music competitor Rdio released its own iPad app last August, and MOG released one this past Martch. (Here's how Spotify's service compares with other music streaming options.) One user had even started an unofficial Spotify iPad app project, and had been calling for developer support to get the app off the ground. It's unclear whether that project will continue--the developer hasn't updated his Twitter since today's official release.
Here's Spotify's promo video for the newly-released app.
Below are some full-resolution screenshots of the the iPad app interface.
(Bonus! This humorous video instructs you on how to teach your parents about Spotify)