Aside from a brief period of Apple Music release, I’ve been paying Spotify for a subscription since 2011, and I can safely say I like what it offers.
It’s not just about the number of songs, albums, and podcasts available, but also the quality of the custom playlists. And let’s be honest, the year-end recap is also a lot of fun.
That’s why it pains me to admit that I finally decided to switch to Apple Music and won’t be going back. Because? Because I have an iPhone and it looks like Spotify has given up on its plans to improve its presence on iOS.
Let me explain it to you.
AirPlay has been a staple in the Apple ecosystem for years, allowing users to play audio or copy screen to an AirPlay receiver, be it an Apple TV or a built-in AirPlay compatible speaker.
It is a convenient function that allows you to listen to music on diffusion services such as Spotify, Apple and any other audio application is a simple process.
Apple released the updated version of AirPlay 2 in 2018, which brought multi-room audio support for features like Siri and better. buffering
Trap? App developers should specifically add support for AirPlay 2 in order to take advantage of the new features, which is pretty standard for mobile app developers.
While Spotify is arguably one of the best apps for taking advantage of AirPlay 2’s multi-room support, the company suggested that was impractical.
On a Spotify forum, a representative from Spotify explained:
“We have discussed this internally and while we are working to provide the best support for AirPlay 2, we have decided to leave it for now. The reason is that due to compatibility issues with the driverIt seems like a bigger project that we won’t be able to complete in the near future. “
After user reviews and posts in line, the same representative attempted to rectify the situation. In another forum post he said:
“We apologize for the confusion created. To clarify, Spotify will support AirPlay 2. Please continue to use this thread to add your votes and comments.”
It’s probably a way to silence the comments, and I personally don’t expect it to be implemented in the near future. Things certainly haven’t changed much in one day!
The HomePod, although now discontinued, offers a fantastic audio playback experience that really looks great compared to most smart speakers on the market.
The HomePod mini, even with its small dimensions, provides a good experience, especially when paired for stereo playback.
This makes these speakers ideal for playing music, and while Spotify users have tended to use AirPlay rather than enjoying full integration with Apple Music, Apple has opened the doors to supporting it. ‘other music applications. diffusion
Pandora took advantage of this, as its users can already listen to Pandora content from HomePod without having to use an iOS device.
Spotify, on the other hand, hasn’t commented on HomePod support since its launch, despite there being thousands in the Spotify forums asking for it. As the anniversary of the announcement approaches, Spotify is unlikely to offer this integration anytime soon.
There is also the compatibility offline for the Apple Watch. Apple Watch has always been able to store a small number of playlists, allowing you to play your favorite tunes without needing an iPhone nearby. It’s great when you go for a run or exercise, and it’s something I’ve wanted from Spotify for years.
It is true that Spotify has started to offer this feature of playlists offline on the Apple Watch, but the rollout is too slow, and months after it was announced, it’s still not available in many places and there is no set timeline.
Worst of all? Have all of this available on Apple Music, with virtually the same music catalog – part of which is available in Dolby Atmos (and Apple’s spatial audio if you have compatible headphones) – for the same price of $ 9.99 per month.
If you have a HomePod, a speaker with AirPlay 2, or even an Apple Watch, it’s time to accept the truth: Apple Music offers the best experience for iOS users, and until Spotify stops tuning in. importance to functionality and does not criticize Apple. whenever he can, that will not change.
Original article published on Tech Advisor.