The leading music service Spotify has officially kicked off work on support for Apple's upcoming SharePlay feature in its mobile app for iPhone and iPad.
While Apple Music appears to be a pretty popular service for the company, there's no argument that Spotify is still the leader in the streaming music space. And there are plenty of iPhone customers that choose the service for their listening pleasure. Which means an issue with excessive battery drain on the most recent versions of iOS is not ideal.
Spotify has been a vocal opponent to Apple's App Store rules for years now. As such, some of the company's executives are more than happy to voice their concerns or praises as needed after major revelations are revealed. Today, for instance, a judge ruled partially against Apple, and Spotify is very happy with those specific results.
Despite the fact Apple launched AirPlay 2 way back in 2018, there are some iOS apps out there that don't support it. One being the ridiculously popular music streaming app, Spotify. And while it sounds like the company is looking into it, and even plans on implementing support at some point, it turns out it won't be soon.
Spotify Plus costs $0.99 and combines some of the perks of the company's existing Free and Premium tiers, such as on-demand streaming and the ability to skip tracks at will.
Technically speaking, Spotify users who upgraded their computer to a Mac outfitted with Apple's custom M1 processor didn't lose support for the music streaming service's desktop app. However, the official, public version doesn't natively support Apple's new chip architecture right now. But it looks like that will be changing soon.
The iPod music player didn't just change the music industry as we know it, it also changed Apple and set it on a path it is today. Feeling nostalgic? Check out this web app that replicates the iPod classic interface in your browser and syncs with your Spotify or Apple Music library.
Although there are plenty of music apps available on iOS, Apple never let users choose a preferred music service while requesting playback via Siri. Of course, you could manually play music using your app of choice. However, if you were to ask Siri to play a track, it would only use Apple Music. Thankfully, Apple has changed this since the release of iOS 14.5. You can now set your preferred music app while using Siri.
Despite the fact that Apple Music ships natively on all of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, many users still flock to Spotify as their go-to media streaming service.
One thing users have noticed as of late is that Spotify has been investing heavily in the podcast space despite originally being a music streaming platform. This is wonderful news for podcast listeners, but to those who lack interest in podcasts, it’s nothing but extra clutter in an otherwise great app.
There is no denying that, despite relying on algorithms, one of the primary reasons to use Spotify is its personalized experience. The service is very good at finding what listeners like to listen to, both in terms of artists they already follow and new ones. And now Spotify is launching a handful of new personalization tools.
Many media streaming apps like Spotify provide a like button so that you can tell the app you like what you hear. The app then tries to curate playback based on the feedback you give it.
I’ve enjoy the ability to enhance music playback in this way, as it helps with artist discovery. But it frustrates me that you need to physically be in the Spotify app to like a song, which calls for a multitasking and gesture shenanigans even when you’re trying to get something done in another app.
At long last, Spotify is refreshing its app for the Apple Watch with a new feature allowing you to download your favorite songs, playlists and podcasts to the device for offline listening.