I'd been perusing the market for a remote service for Spotify for a while, and while the Play Store is abuzz with such applications, Remoteless (for Spotify) is the first I've come across that also supports Mac OS X (as well as Windows, natch). Read on for more details.
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Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.0.4
Music lovers will know that Spotify is a great music client that boasts an enormous catalogue of music. We rather like the new beta version for Android, but it's missing a crucial feature: remote control via Mac or PC.
If there's something that really gets to me it's when the wrong song is playing at the wrong moment, and when I'm sitting at my desk working on my computer, the last thing I want to do is have to get up each time I'm not in the mood to listen to whatever track happens to be playing.
This is where Remoteless (for Spotify) comes in. Once I'd installed the app my Mac immediately popped up in its server.
The connection is quickly established and even the cover of the current track is displayed, as are all of the key controls elements. Hit the cover for more options related to playback (play/pause; skip song; go back; volume; etc.).
The track that's being played at the moment can be shared and there's a shuffle option, as well as a repeat button.
I would've been perfectly satisfied with these key functions, but the app has more to offer. For instance, there's an option for browsing the music library. Accessing one's own playlists is possible, though local files aren't displayed, which is a bit of a bummer.
There's also a convenient search function, allowing users to search for artists, tracks or albums.
Remoteless (for Spotify) is the best remote control for Spotify I know of, and I would say that it's a must-have for Spotify users.
Screen & Controls
The app's controls are simple enough, even for Android users who aren't super techie. That said, I'm not wild about the app's UI. If there's one thing that rubs me the wrong way it's inconsistency in an app's design. In the case of Remoteless (for Spotify) the menu elements leave a lot to be desired.
Speed & Stability
Remoteless (for Spotify) performs very solidly.
Remoteless (for Spotify) can be downloaded for EUR 1,99 from the Play Store.