You Can Now Control Spotify Media Playback Within the Strava App

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.

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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 media widget.

After starting recording an activity, users can tap a music icon in the top-right corner of the Strava interface and connect their Spotify account, after which it's possible to browse content in the Spotify widget and choose what to play.

The integration supports music, podcasts, and audiobooks, and users can swipe through the queue to see what's next, as well as browse through custom-made and popular Spotify-made playlists.

The Spotify widget can be used by both paying and non-paying Spotify users. Free Spotify users can shuffle albums/playlists/artists, but will not be able to pick specific songs, and will hear intermittent ads.

Meanwhile Spotify premium users can select specific songs in their albums and playlists, but doing things like shuffling settings, queuing up specific songs, and using search can only be done in the Spotify app proper.

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Top Rated Comments

szw-mapple fan Avatar
15 months ago
Seems like this is just adding bloat to Strava. Is it that much of a hassle to switch apps to control music?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
philstubbington Avatar
15 months ago

But still can't do it with HomePod
I use my HomePod for weight training, not running ?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
madmin Avatar
15 months ago

I use my HomePod for weight training, not running ?
I never realised they were so heavy
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ion-X Avatar
15 months ago
Don’t need media controls within the app. The Dynamic Island handles that no matter what app you’re in.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bLackjackj Avatar
15 months ago
Sure,..why not just hand strava the keys to my house too ?‍♂️ Is there any other analyzed data they want to on sell?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
saltukkos Avatar
15 months ago
But still can't do it with HomePod
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)