Spotify has been in the Windows Store for a few months now, which is of course great news, but this has also been a convenient location to collect complaints about the apps not being touch-friendly, not using fluent design and lacking Windows 10 integration.
Below is just a small collection of the complaints:
Interestingly a Spotify developer has responded to one of these and made a very good argument for their current approach, saying:
For many technical reasons, fully converting our Desktop app to UWP is not trivial for us. However, this hasn’t stopped us from investing in UWP features for our Desktop application (We now have Live Tiles, and Cortana has just been released to Windows Insiders). We are also available on Xbox, which is a UWP app. The technology we use to bring Spotify to the Windows Store allows us to invest in UWP over time, whilst ensuring that installing, updating and removing Spotify is simpler (and safer) than ever. We hope you can understand that we do care about WIndows 10 and will continue to invest in the Windows 10 ecosystem
As noted by the developer, Spotify has slowly been gaining Windows 10 integration, while still offering all the features of the desktop app, something which would not be likely if the company had to start again from scratch.
Overall I appreciate Spotify’s approach and am happy with the progress they have been making, and it may be time for our community to be more appreciative of the efforts companies have been making to support Microsoft’s vision.