When Spotify became available in my country I immediately went premium so I could ditch iTunes and use Spotify to listen to music in my car in stead. I was already using Spotify at work via a proxy so I knew is was amazing. Unfortunately, the Spotify app has been a huge dissapointment for a number of reasons:
- App usability. Spotify for desktop may be ok to use, but just downsizing it to a miniature duplicate for mobile is wrong. It just doesn't work on the move. Searching for tracks in a playlist is impossible and sorting & filtering options are non-existant. I can't even do a search in my local files.
- No cable sync. Why do I need wifi to sync? Give me the option to use wifi when I want to. It just doesn't make sense.
- Random sync issues. I have re-installed the iPhone app several times because sync stopped working, random tracks were not being synced or threw up errors when played.
- Car controls. This is more of a personal issue. I can use my car's (2012 VW Golf) prev/next, volume & other controls with all other iPhone apps but not Spotify. However, it does read track titles, artist & album names so something is working.
I was hopeful that all these issues existed because the mobile app was relatively young and they would be resolved as time went by. Well, I can't remember a single upgrade. Ever. Which worries me for the future. I love Spotify, I really do, but I can't go on paying for it for much longer if the app isn't improved. I don't expect all the above issues to be resolved at once but acknowledgement these issues exist and someone is working on improving the app would be a great start.