A conversation thread on Github between a few developers and Spotify project leader Samuel Erdtman has confirmed that the streaming music company isn't looking into developing an app for Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV "anytime soon" (via AppAdvice).

In the thread, which began as a feature request for the Spotify SDK to support tvOS, Erdtman eventually closed out the comments saying that building support for Spotify on Apple TV has been "down prioritized." That might not be an official confirmation that Spotify will never arrive on Apple's set-top box, but Erdtman's wording hints that it's far from Spotify's top priority at the moment.

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To support tvOS has been down prioritized, You should not expect a release supporting it any time soon. I'm sorry about that.

Although Spotify users might like to take advantage of a tvOS app for Spotify, it's not entirely surprising that the two companies may never reach an agreement on how such an experience would work. Over the summer, Spotify and Apple quarreled over the 30 percent cut that Apple now takes from iOS App Store subscriptions, which has caused Spotify to charge $12.99 for subscriptions purchased through the App Store, a $3 premium over subscriptions purchased on the web and $3 more than the price of Apple Music.

Spotify claimed Apple was using such a tactic as a "weapon to harm competitors," while Apple accused Spotify of "resorting to rumors and half-truths" to gain public opinion in its favor. Apple's new music royalty proposal for streaming services also adversely affects the free tiers of companies like Spotify and YouTube.

A potential Spotify tvOS app would likely be a free download users could use as a companion app to stream their music, but with so much bad blood between the two companies, it still seems likely that Spotify will simply avoid creating an app for tvOS at all. Amazon is also refraining from launching an Amazon Prime Video app on Apple TV, reportedly until Apple presents it with "acceptable business terms."

For Spotify users frustrated with the news, Apple's AirPlay feature can still be used to stream music from Spotify on an iPhone or iPad through a connected Apple TV.

Update: As several readers have pointed out, Erdtman's comment pertains specifically to the SDK that allows third-party developers to incorporate Spotify functionality into their apps. Spotify is apparently not prioritizing Apple TV support for that SDK, but that does not necessarily mean the company has no plans for an Apple TV app of its own.

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Top Rated Comments

Sleepy8686 Avatar
80 months ago
Why do people want to LISTEN to music on a TV? I prefer to do it on a good set of speaker designed for the job. Currently it is on Sonos speakers. Not the best, but for the price and functionality, it was the best I could find when I bought them. I would like to get Amazon Prime Video on the Apple TV, as that might get me to cut Netflix out.
Because the TV is typically connected to your main sound system?????
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2010mini Avatar
80 months ago
This is a stupid move for Spotify. Devs with less resources have created tvOS apps and Spotify has to "down prioritize" this???? Stupid.

Hey Spotify.... learn from Netflix.... get your app on every device available. It pays off.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
infinitejest Avatar
80 months ago
No surprise...
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Spotify is a streaming music company.

Spotify focuses on streaming music.

Apple is a computer hardware company.

Apple focuses on emojis.

See where things are going wrong? Just look at the development and UI of Spotify compared to Apple Music.
This is such an incredibly stupid comment.
Here's your hardware by the way: https://buyersguide.macrumors.com
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nr123*123 Avatar
80 months ago
Spotify is a streaming music company.

Spotify focuses on streaming music.

Apple is a computer hardware company.

Apple focuses on emojis.

See where things are going wrong? Just look at the development and UI of Spotify compared to Apple Music.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yanksfan114 Avatar
80 months ago
How about instead of being bitter at competitors you build the best service for your customers? Spotify is just giving other streaming services a bigger edge by abstaining from platforms.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jdillings Avatar
80 months ago
I'm not surprised. This poorly thought out strategy has been taken by other companies that compete with Apple like Amazon and Vudu. These companies think they are punishing Apple and making their company stronger by not making apps but in reality they're digging their own grave as users will switch to Apple or another company's service that is supported on Apple devices. This strategy only works when the company is not the market leader but Apple is clearly the leader.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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