Spotify has launched a preview version of its all-new Android app, which has been redesigned with new navigation, more social features, high-resolution artist imagery, and better-quality 320kbps streams. The app also supports Google’s latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software – which according to some reports, means it will also scale up neatly for tablets running that software. For now, the app is only available to download from Spotify’s website. “We’re working hard on adding further features, including folders and Last FM scrobbling, before the app goes live in Google Play,” explains the company. In separate news, Spotify has responded to Music Ally’s question about whether artists will have opt-out rights in the company’s new deals with brands like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Reebok to make Spotify apps. “All of the same rules apply to Coke that apply for any other brand. Coke or any brand will not be aligned with specific artists in the app environment,” says a spokesperson. Which is still somewhat vague, leading us to believe any problems (e.g. the McDonald’s/Morrissey notional example we suggested) will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

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