As much I dislike tech-journalists using the phrases “at last” or “finally” there was a sense of relief when Spotify unveiled their sorely missed iPad app yesterday. I’m a big fan – both of Spotify and my iPad, so I’m glad I don’t have to work in 2x mode any more (I realise this is very much a First World problem. Unlike “Now that we’ve found love what are we going to do with it?” which is more of a Third World problem.)

The update brings Retina graphics for the new iPad, which is easy to take for granted until you switch to a non-Retina app. It’s now much easier to browse, using a tile style interface influences by Twitter for the iPad. I have the new ‘Now Playing’ full-screen view, with high-definition cover art on at the moment and it really helps create a slick digital jukebox feel – even if I’m playing Half Man Half Biscuit. There’s also gapless playback and crossfading so you have a nice little houseparty DJ set up there if you wish.

You can check out what’s hot or find trending playlists & songs amongst your friends. The inbox is now grouped by user which makes for easy searching.

To use Spotify for iPad you’ll need a Spotify Premium subscription. Non-subscribers can sign up to a 30-day Spotify Premium free trial