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Spotify iOS 4 update for iPhone goes live with multi-tasking and more social features

At the start of this week, Spotify announced that it had submitted an iOS 4-friendly update of its iPhone app to Apple for approval. Just a few days later, it’s live in the App Store.

The key new feature is support for iOS 4 multi-tasking, letting you run Spotify in the background while using other apps on your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or third-gen iPod touch. However, the app’s performance has also been tweaked when it’s running in the foreground to be less battery-sapping, which is a welcome improvement.

Spotify promised a surprise in the update though, and it’s delivered. There’s a new What’s New tab in the app, which shows new albums on the service, the top tracks in your country, and also your social feed – the playlists that your Facebook friends have been posting using Spotify.

Also on the social side, you can now share tracks and albums with those friends from the app, rather than only being able to do it from Spotify on your PC.

You can also sync the Spotify app with the songs stored on your iPhone or iPod, although as the app explains when you try to switch this feature on, there’s a bug that means playback pauses if one of these synced tracks is played in the background. Spotify advises keeping the feature turned off until this is fixed.

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