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How to Open Spotify Links in Apple Music and Vice Versa

Monday December 13, 2021 2:47 am PST by
Spotify is the biggest music streaming service available, so it's not uncommon to receive a Spotify link from someone to something they want you to listen to on your iPhone or iPad. If you're an Apple Music subscriber, however, that link isn't going to work for you. The opposite of course is also true – if a Spotify subscriber receives an Apple Music link, they'll have to search for the content ...

How to See 'Spotify Wrapped' for Apple Music

Wednesday December 1, 2021 1:37 pm PST by
At the end of each year, streaming music service Spotify provides a "Spotify Wrapped" recap of each user's listening habits and favorite songs. Spotify Wrapped is a highly anticipated year-end feature that Spotify users love, and Apple Music listeners may be wondering how to get their own "Wrapped" rundown. Apple does not have a year-end wrap up that's equivalent to what Spotify has, but the ...

How to Sort Liked Songs in Spotify By Genre or Mood

Tuesday March 2, 2021 11:38 am PST by
If you're a big Spotify fan, you undoubtedly know that whenever you "Like" a song in the mobile app using the heart button, these songs are automatically added to your Liked Songs collection. While it's always been possible to play the collection straight through like a playlist or tap individual songs to listen to them, Spotify recently added new filters that allow you to play only the...

How to Link Shazam to Your Spotify Account

Wednesday January 20, 2021 1:35 am PST by
Shazam is an Apple-owned popular service that can identify the names and lyrics of songs, music videos, TV shows, and more, simply by listening to and deciphering whatever is playing. After you've identified songs in the Shazam app by pressing the big Shazam button, you can use streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music to listen to them. In this article, we're going to show you how to ...

How to Hide Songs In Curated Spotify Playlists

Monday April 20, 2020 4:32 pm PDT by
Spotify lets you make your own playlists, but it also allows you to enjoy millions of others created by Spotify, artists and other listeners worldwide. Not only that, it makes bespoke playlists just for you, such as Discover Weekly and Release Radar, which are based on your listening habits (what you like, share, save, skip) and the listening habits of others with similar taste. Of course,...

How to Use Spotify's Sleep Timer Feature on iPhone and iPad

Tuesday December 3, 2019 11:58 am PST by
Spotify added a Sleep Timer to its Android app earlier this year, and this week, it's making the feature available for Spotify users on iPhone and iPad. Keep reading to learn how to use the Sleep Timer and get a good night's sleep. What's the Spotify Sleep Timer For? Basically, the Sleep Timer feature is for anyone who goes to bed with Spotify playing on their iOS device and wants it to...

How to Use Spotify on Apple Watch

Tuesday April 30, 2019 1:22 pm PDT by
In November 2018, Spotify released an official app for Apple Watch that allows Spotify subscribers to access and control their favorite Spotify music and podcasts from their wrist. This article shows you how to get the Spotify app up and running on Apple Watch and explains how the interface works. What the Spotify App for Apple Watch Can't Do As great as it is that Spotify released an Apple ...

How to Transfer Your Spotify Playlists to Apple Music

Friday February 22, 2019 5:17 pm PST by
If you switch from Spotify to Apple Music, you can transfer your playlists from one streaming service to the other using one of several third-party apps available on the App Store. In this article, we're going to use one such app called SongShift to do exactly that, as it's easy to set up and you can test it for free before paying the $3.99 in-app purchase that lets you batch process more...

How to Move Your Playlists from Spotify to Apple Music

Monday August 17, 2015 12:38 pm PDT by
We've been experimenting with Apple Music for over a month now, but there are still a few important questions that pop up with the new music streaming service, the first being "How can I import my playlists from Spotify?" The short answer is that you can't without using third-party software. After much research, we've found there are two fairly reliable third-party services that work well....

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Apple Music vs. Spotify Compared

Monday March 4, 2019 1:26 pm PST by
Apple Music and Spotify are the biggest players in the music streaming space -- and for good reason. Spotify essentially created the market as it exists today and has millions more users globally than any other service, but Apple Music is catching up, thanks to its deep integration in Apple's popular iOS ecosystem. Both Spotify and Apple Music offer as much music and related content as your ...

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Spotify on iOS to Bring Back In-App Purchases, Beta Code Suggests [Updated]

Thursday December 7, 2023 5:48 am PST by
Spotify appears to be bringing in-app payments back to its iOS app, based on code strings unearthed in the latest beta. MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris discovered the new code references to an in-app payment system, including an IAP checkout screen and purchase retry panels for failed purchases. It's not clear what the IAP references relate to, but the fact that they are included is...
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Apple Music Competitor Spotify Lays Off Over 1,000 Employees

Monday December 4, 2023 4:34 pm PST by
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek today announced that the company is laying off 17 percent of employees, which equates to more than 1,000 people. Spotify needs to cut costs in an effort to narrow the gap between its current operational costs and financial goal state. Over the last two years, we've put significant emphasis on building Spotify into a truly great and sustainable business - one designed to ...
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Spotify Trials New Option to Turn Off Personalized Recommendations

Wednesday November 22, 2023 7:14 am PST by
Spotify is trialing a new ability for users to turn off their personalized recommendations, according to beta code unearthed by MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris. Depending on how it works, the new option could conceivably allow users to prevent songs played on their account on behalf of other listeners from affecting their personalized recommendations. Either way, it is likely to be...
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TikTok Launches Support for Adding Songs to Apple Music Library

Tuesday November 14, 2023 7:56 am PST by
TikTok today launched its new "Add to Music App" feature with support for Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music. The feature allows users to directly save songs they find on TikTok to their preferred music streaming service library via an Add Song button located beside the track name at the bottom of a TikTok video. Users can also use the Add to Music App feature from an artist's Sound...
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Spotify CEO on Apple and Google: 'If You Want to Be the Referee, You Can't Also Be the Player'

Monday October 2, 2023 2:55 pm PDT by
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is urging lawmakers in the United Kingdom to adopt a bill that would regulate competition in digital markets, cutting down on the dominance of Apple, Google, and other large tech companies. The Digital Markets, Competition, and Consumers Bill (DMCC) that the UK is developing would allow competition authorities to impose conduct requirements on companies and "promote...
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Spotify Using AI to Translate Podcasters' Original Voices to Additional Languages

Tuesday September 26, 2023 2:42 pm PDT by
Spotify this week announced an AI translation feature for podcasters that could give it an edge over Apple's podcasting platform. Voice Translation for podcasts uses artificial intelligence to translate podcasts into additional languages using the original podcaster's voice. While Spotify developed the tool, it is using OpenAI's latest voice generation technology. It learns the original...
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Spotify Increases Premium Plan Price to $10.99 a Month

Monday July 24, 2023 5:33 am PDT by
Spotify is increasing its Premium plan to $10.99 per month, up from $9.99, the company has announced. The price hike applies to users in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and several other regions and territories. "So that we can keep innovating, we are changing our Premium prices across a number of markets around the world," the company said in a post announcing the ...
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Spotify Subscribers No Longer Allowed to Pay Through App Store

Wednesday July 5, 2023 2:55 pm PDT by
Spotify will no longer allow customers who previously subscribed to the Spotify streaming music service through the App Store to continue to pay using Apple's platform, reports Variety. Spotify has started sending emails to subscribers who pay using an ‌App Store‌ subscription to let them know that they'll need to make changes. Spotify has not allowed customers to sign up for a Spotify...
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Spotify Desktop App Updated With Redesigned 'Your Library' and 'Now Playing' Views

Wednesday June 21, 2023 3:26 am PDT by
If you open up Spotify's desktop app on a Mac or PC today, things should look a lot more "mobile." That's because the company has redesigned the "Your Library" and "Now Playing" interfaces to make them more aligned with Spotify's smartphone app. "Your Library" is now located in the sidebar to let you access saved music and podcasts. Spotify says its research has shown that the new library...
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Spotify Rumored to Launch HiFi Audio as Part of New Top-Tier 'Supremium' Subscription Plan

Tuesday June 20, 2023 8:19 am PDT by
Spotify is planning to introduce a more expensive premium tier that includes high-fidelity audio, Bloomberg reports. The subscription tier, dubbed "Supremium" internally, will become Spotify's most costly plan and include HiFi audio. Spotify first announced its intention to offer HiFi audio in 2021 but subsequently delayed the launch of the feature for unknown reasons. Spotify's existing...
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Spotify Now Offers Lock Screen Widget on iPhone

Thursday April 13, 2023 10:11 am PDT by
Spotify today announced that it now offers a Lock Screen widget on the iPhone, allowing users to quickly access the app with a single tap. The widget is available with the latest version of the Spotify app released on the App Store earlier today. Lock Screen widgets require iOS 16 or later. To add a widget, tap and hold the Lock Screen, tap on the Customize button, tap on the Lock Screen,...
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You Can Now Control Spotify Media Playback Within the Strava App

Wednesday April 12, 2023 2:58 am PDT by
Popular fitness app Strava has launched long-awaited Spotify integration, allowing users to access favorite content on the audio streaming service while recording their activity. Up until now, Strava users wanting to listen to audio in Spotify while tracking a run or bike ride had to switch between apps to control their media. Now that's all a thing of the past, thanks to Strava's new in-app ...
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Spotify Downplays HomePod Support, But Promises to Add AirPlay 2 Yet Again

Sunday April 2, 2023 10:55 am PDT by
Spotify has yet to implement native support for the HomePod and HomePod mini, despite Apple opening up the speakers to third-party streaming music services in 2020. As a result, Spotify cannot be controlled with Siri on the HomePod. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman touched on the matter in his newsletter this weekend, noting that Spotify told him there hasn't been a "significant volume" of complaints ...
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Spotify Still Intends to Launch Delayed HiFi Lossless Plan, Just Don't Ask When

Wednesday March 15, 2023 5:29 am PDT by
Spotify says it still plans to launch a lossless music experience, although when that will be and what form it will take still appear undecided. It's been more than two years since Spotify announced it would introduce a "HiFi" premium tier that would give users access to a catalog of CD-quality music tracks. Originally it said the tier would go live by the end of 2021, but similar moves by...
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Apple Responds to EU's Decision to Narrow Antitrust Case Prompted by Spotify

Tuesday February 28, 2023 8:53 am PST by
The European Commission today announced it has narrowed its antitrust investigation into Apple's rules for streaming music apps. In a revised Statement of Objections sent to Apple, the Commission said it will no longer challenge Apple's requirement for apps to use the App Store's in-app purchase system for digital goods and services. The investigation began in 2019 after Spotify filed an...
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Spotify Pens Joint Letter Calling Apple 'Harmful' and 'Anti-Competitive,' Claims App Store Ruins Business

Friday January 20, 2023 4:24 am PST by
Spotify and eight companies and associations have written a letter to the EU Commission's executive vice president calling Apple a harmful, anti-competitive, and monopolistic company that must be regulated through "urgent action." The letter, signed by the CEOs and heads of Basecamp, Deezer, Proton, Schibsted, Spotify, European Publishers Council (EPC), France Digitale, and News Media...
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Facebook and Spotify CEOs Slam Apple's App Store

Wednesday November 30, 2022 12:20 pm PST by
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek today spoke out against Apple's App Store policies, joining Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who earlier this week said that Apple was making moderation demands and had threatened to withhold Twitter from the ‌App Store‌. At The New York Times DealBook Summit, Zuckerberg said that only Apple attempts to limit the apps that are in the ‌App Store‌,...
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Google Play Store Now Letting Spotify Use Alternative Billing for In-App Purchases

Thursday November 10, 2022 12:54 pm PST by
Google today announced that popular streaming music service Spotify will be able to bill Android users directly in the Google Play version of Spotify without needing to go through the Google Play billing system. Spotify is Google's first partner for "User Choice Billing," a feature that allows Android users to make purchases using the payment option they prefer. User Choice Billing is...
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Spotify Launching Redesigned Apple Watch App With Several Improvements

Wednesday November 9, 2022 9:11 am PST by
Spotify today announced it is rolling out a redesigned Apple Watch app with a "new and improved listening experience" that allows users to more easily browse music and podcasts in "Your Library" and more quickly download music for offline playback. In a blog post, Spotify said the new design includes larger artwork, new animations, the ability to swipe to like a song, a blue dot next to new...
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Apple Rejected Spotify's App Update Adding Audiobook Support

Tuesday October 25, 2022 2:12 pm PDT by
Apple and Spotify are once again feuding as Spotify attempts to break into the audiobook market, reports The New York Times. Apple has reportedly rejected Spotify's latest app update three times in the last month. Over the years, Apple and Spotify have had a long running dispute over Apple's App Store policies, with multiple public conflicts over app and subscription fees and app rejections...