Spotify for Apple TV should not be expected anytime soon

By , Oct 18, 2016


Have you been keeping your fingers crossed for Spotify for Apple TV? If so, you’ll be disappointed to learn that a Spotify tvOS app has been “down prioritized,” with a company executive stating that a release supporting tvOS should not be expected anytime soon. It’s unclear why the Swedish startup does not want to support the Apple TV, more so given its rivalry with Apple in the music-streaming space.

Asked by a customer in a comment posted on the code sharing website GitHub if there will be a tvOS framework supporting Spotify for Apple TV and when such an app might see the light of day, Samuel Erdtman, who is a Product Owner at Spotify, said that “support for tvOS has been down prioritized.”

“You should not expect a release supporting it any time soon. I’m sorry about that,” he added.

One possibility is that Spotify doesn’t prefer Apple’s changed terms for In-App Subscriptions that requires developers to share 30 percent of subscription revenue with the Cupertino firm.

After a subscriber has accumulated one year of paid service, the revenue share changes from the 70:30 split to the 85:15 split, meaning developers get to keep eighty percent of proceeds to themselves after each subscriber’s first year.

Another possibility could be Spotify’s critique of the App Store subscription sharing scheme and blocking of external subscription links. Spotify’s answer: they have raised the price of subscriptions in its mobile app for the iPhone and iPad.

Spotify for iOS does support AirPlay so Apple TV owners can stream music to their TV, but a full-on tvOS app would have been much appreciated, that’s for sure.

Apple Music launched in June 2015 and has 17 million paid accounts while Spotify, which launched in September 2008, currently has 40 million subscribers.

Source: GitHub via AppAdvice

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  • techfreak23

    Pisses me off that they still don’t have a Watch companion app either. So annoying to have to go for my phone each time I want to search, play specific song/playlist, etc

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      AppleMusic m8.

      • techfreak23

        There are a few crucial features that are missing that Spotify has such as Connect. Spotify is even going as far as collaborating with Sonos for Connect so that I can seamlessly switch playback from the Spotify app on my phone to my Sonos when I step in my front door. I also hate the integration of Apple Music into iTunes. It’s a giant clusterfuck.

  • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

    Spotify looks ugly anyway and apple music is just better if u own apple products bc it’s 1st party

  • Daniel Plainview

    I’d be happy with Spotify for Apple Watch. I need a complication to use when I get my AirPods

  • Andrieux Querido

    Cmon Spotify, don’t make it hard.
    And we want Lyrics back too. !!!

  • websyndicate

    You can airplay to the apple tv and that sucks. They need to step it up. No Apple Watch app still and TV has been down prioritized. I will say TV not such a big deal….not for me but apple watch is.

    I’m not fond of apple music I can only use it on apple products and spotify I can use it everywhere really.

    • techfreak23

      I’m honestly about ready to build my own Spotify client with a Watch app because it’s been a year and a half since the Watch came out and still nothing. Their iOS SDK allows me to do pretty much everything their app does. Just need the free time to do it.

      • Swanny246

        They do exist, there’s Joy for instance. The problem is it doesn’t integrate with the actual client, it only communicates with the Joy iPhone app, which doesn’t help when it comes to wanting to play your offline tracks.

      • techfreak23

        I’ve seen some of those. I don’t really like the design of most. I honestly don’t really care about storing offline tracks on my watch as I don’t ever use it for music. I’m sure if Spotify ever does release a watch app they will have that feature. I just want to be able to switch playlists, pick specific songs, etc. without having to reach for my phone.

    • Richard Häggblom

      Apple music is available for android too…