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Share music with a phone tap: Spotify app ready for NFC

Those with an Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich can now share music on Spotify with Near Field Communication (NFC).

Spotify this week updated its Android app with the new feature, which lets users wirelessly share music between two handsets running Android 4.0. Here's how it's supposed to work: If you and a friend both have ICS-enabled devices, you can now exchange music on Spotify by simply tapping your phones together.

The update also comes with new audio effects for ICS Android devices, which users can check out by visiting Settings > Audio Effects. There's also an improved offline mode bar with more information explaining why you're offline as well as several bug fixes so the app shouldn't crash as much.

The update, Spotify for Android version, is available now for free on Google Play. Users will need a Premium Spotify membership to use the new NFC feature.

In other Spotify news, the streaming music service recently rolled out free streaming radio for iOS and Android devices. Also, the service last month released a version of its app for the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.

On the desktop side, Spotify recently brought thumbs up and thumbs down ratings to its Mac and Windows apps. The feature, which was already available in Spotify's mobile apps, lets you influence Spotify Radio's automatic selections based on your preference of tunes.