Many of us have been waiting for this day since the iPad made its debut way back in 2010. Spotify has finally released its official iPad app, which sports a wonderful, tablet-friendly user interface; high-resolution graphics for the new iPad's Retina display; and AirPlay streaming.

It was widely believed that Spotify for iPad would be just like Spotify for iPhone, only… bigger. However, you can hardly tell that the two were built for the same service. Instead, the iPad version has been kitted out with a terrific user interface that works incredibly well on the tablet's large display.

You can check out new releases and recommended tracks, trending playlists and top tracks, and more all on one page, without having to constantly switch between tabs. It also features a handy 'Now Playing' screen that shows high-resolution album artwork, and lets you skip between tracks simply by swiping your finger across the display. Other features include group messaging, gapless playback, and crossfade.

The new app is available to download now from the App Store, and it's a universal release which means if you already have the Spotify for iPhone app installed, you just need to update it. As usual, the application is completely free to install, but you will need to be a Spotify Premium user paying $10 per month to enjoy it. Those with a free Spotify subscription can't, unfortunately, use the Spotify mobile applications.

What do you think of Spotify for iPad? Was it worth the wait?

[via Spotify]

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