MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify has updated its Android app, bringing NFC music sharing to supported devices.

The updated app, Spotify for Android version 0.5.3.56, takes advantage of the baked-in NFC support on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and above, and introduces a feature that lets users share songs via Android Beam. For example, two Spotify subscribers using Samsung Galaxy S3 handsets are now able to share a track or album simply by tapping their devices together.
While it’s easily the most interesting feature, NFC music sharing isn’t all that’s new in the Spotify Android app. It also delivers a new set of audio effects and an improved offline bar mode “so you know why you’re offline”, as well as the usual bug fixes.

For those of you that use the Android version, an update has hit the tubes, and here’s a look at what’s new:

– New: Better offline mode bar, so you know why you’re offline.
– New: Share music with NFC (Near Field Communication) on ICS.
– New: Check out the Audio Effects on ICS (Settings > Audio Effects).
– Fixed: More crashes and bugs are now history.
– Fictitious: This app likes doing jigsaws on a rainy day.

The sharing mode is particularly interesting, as it’s fun to share your playlists with friends. Right now, the only way to do that is via the app itself, with some tapping, or on Facebook. This NFC “insta-share” introduces a whole new dimension.

By being social without having to find your way through a series of settings, it’s likely that sending a rad hip-hop playlist to your friend will become an every day thing. There’s nothing worse than standing in front of a friend and saying “wait a second while I share this with you.”