Spotify for Fire TV updated to full featured app with free music

The Spotify app for the Fire TV has been disappointing ever since it was released in September 2014. That’s because it was nothing more than a companion app to their smartphone apps which acted as a receiver for your music stream. That changes this week because the Fire TV Spotify app has been updated to a full featured stand alone app. Even better is the app no longer requires a premium paid Spotify subscription.

Once you login to the app, you’ll be able to stream music from numerous playlists and categories directly through the Fire TV. Front and center in the app is a list of popular playlists. Scrolling right is an area for genres and moods. All the way on the far right lives a list of new releases. The app also has a “Your Music” section as well as search. The search feature breaks down results into songs, albums, and playlists. If you don’t have a premium account, you will hear the occasional commercial, but the free music selection is impressive. Exiting the app while music is playing will keep the music playing, even when you enter other apps, like games. Unfortunately, Spotify through Alexa on the Fire TV is still not available.

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  1. kadafi says:

    Seems pretty buggy. The interface is really laggy for me, I rebooted and then re-launched the app and it only displayed on the top half of my tv.

  2. João Deiró says:

    Worked just fine for me with Fire OS 5.0.5.

    I feel sorry for the Emma developer, because his app is dead.

  3. John says:

    The update works on my old Fire Stick with 5.0.5. But the user interface is horrible. I am a premium subscriber and have hundreds of playlists, primarily organized in playlist folders and subfolders for easy organization. Using the updated app on my Fire Stick, playlist folder(s) are ignored and my playlists are all in one horizontal scrolling line. Think of the Amazon Prime Video Watchlist scrolling line. To get to a playlist near the end of this line, I’d have to hold down the scrolling button on my remote for a long time. On my phone, or computer, I can access any playlist in no more than 4 taps.

    I find it’s easier to just select a playlist from my computer or phone and “play through” my Fire Stick, with the audio coming through my home audio system.

    Also, there’s no option to scrobble my tracks to my account, as there is when I play through my computer or phone.

    Finally (for now), I can’t access my account settings via the updated app.

    This update is very disappointing. I hope they work on a fix soon.

  4. RgnKjnVA says:

    It’s now the app we wanted originally. Nice [FTVv1 OSv5.0.5]

  5. Brian says:

    I have to agree … why not have content available similar to app. I’m a Premium user and to find anything is a chore. Also I can not find my saved albums or Artists. This appears to be watered down version of the Spotify app.

    • johnny says:

      Noticing that Spotify now scrobbles to via the Spotify app on Amazon Fire TV. Must have just happened recently because I know even a few weeks ago this wasn’t the case.

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