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

Tuesday December 3, 2019 11:58 am PST by Tim Hardwick
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 Tim Hardwick
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...

How to Transfer Your Spotify Playlists to Apple Music

Friday February 22, 2019 5:17 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
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 Lory Gil
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 Tim Hardwick
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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Apple Music Was Second Biggest Global Music Streaming Service in 2019

Friday April 3, 2020 5:38 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Global online music streaming subscriptions were up 32 percent year-over-year in 2019, hitting 358 million subscribers, according to new estimates shared today by Counterpoint Research. Spotify was the market leader with a 31 percent share of total revenue and a 35 percent share of total paid subscriptions, while Apple Music earned the second place slot with a 24 percent share of total...

Spotify Now Supports Siri on Apple Watch

Thursday April 2, 2020 6:21 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Spotify now supports Siri voice commands on any Apple Watch running watchOS 6, as spotted by 9to5Mac. With the latest version of the app, rolling out on the App Store, Apple Watch users can say "Hey Siri, play music on Spotify" or any other voice command with "on Spotify" to control Spotify playback without opening the app directly. Spotify gained Siri support on iPhones and iPads as of iOS ...

Spotify Kids Launches in Canada, France, and the US

Wednesday April 1, 2020 4:08 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Spotify has launched its standalone app for children in Canada, France, and the United States. Called Spotify Kids, the family-friendly version of the music streaming service is exclusively for Premium Family subscribers and comes tailored for children aged three and up. The service was originally launched as a beta in Ireland last year and has since rolled out to Argentina, Australia,...

Spotify Updates Mobile and Tablet Apps With New Home Screen for Quicker Access to Favorites

Monday March 9, 2020 9:44 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Spotify today updated its home screen on iOS and Android, providing users with an easier way to access their favorite songs, playlists, and albums. This update will also appear on the Spotify app for tablets. The main change can be found at the top portion of the home screen, which now greets users with a "Good morning" message. This area recommends songs, playlists, and albums that are the...

Spotify May Be Allowed to Stream Directly on HomePod and Set as Default Music App in iOS 14

Thursday February 20, 2020 4:12 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman today reported that Apple is working to allow third-party music services like Spotify and Pandora to be streamed directly on the HomePod with Siri in a future software update, as is possible with Apple Music. Spotify currently can only be streamed on the HomePod via AirPlay. The report adds that Apple is also considering allowing third-party music services to be set...

Spotify's New Feature Builds Playlists for Your Pets Based on Their Personality Traits and Your Listening History

Wednesday January 15, 2020 4:55 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Spotify today announced "Pet Playlists," which builds custom playlists for a cat, dog, iguana, hamster, or bird (via The Verge). The playlist generator combines your pet's personality traits with your own listening history on Spotify, building a list of songs that the company says both you and your pet can enjoy. To get your Pet Playlist, visit Spotify's new Pet Playlist website, choose an...

Spotify Reaches 113 Million Paying Subscribers, Says It's Growing Twice as Fast as Apple Music

Monday October 28, 2019 5:45 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Spotify today announced that its streaming music service has reached 113 million paying subscribers as of September 30, up from 108 million as of June 30. Spotify's monthly active user count also increased to 248 million through September, inclusive of users listening to its free, ad-supported tier. In a letter to shareholders, part of its third quarter earnings results, Spotify said that...

Spotify Gains Siri Support on iOS 13 and CarPlay, Apple TV App Launching Later Today

Monday October 7, 2019 3:31 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Spotify today updated its mobile app to include Siri support, which means iPhone and iPad users running iOS 13 can now use ‌Siri‌ to control their favorite music streaming service, just like Apple Music subscribers. After updating the app, users simply need to invoke ‌Siri‌ on their device and ask the voice assistant to play an album or song "with Spotify." Commands for playing playlists work...

Congress Reportedly Asks Spotify for Information on Apple's Alleged Anticompetitive Behavior

Friday October 4, 2019 9:31 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
The U.S. Congress has requested information from Spotify related to its anticompetitive allegations against Apple, according to Reuters. From the report:The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee reached out to the music streaming service with broad requests for information, according to one source, who added the request to the company was narrowed in follow up telephone calls.In...

Spotify Now Lets You Create Podcast Playlists, Including Mixing Podcasts and Music

Monday September 30, 2019 7:50 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Spotify today announced a new feature that is now available for Spotify on iOS and Android, letting you combine podcasts and music into the same playlist. You can also choose to create a playlist of only podcasts, like your favorite episodes from multiple shows. To do this, find the podcast you want to add to a playlist, tap the ellipsis icon to the right of the episode, and tap "Add to...

Spotify Testing Siri Support on iOS 13

Friday September 27, 2019 6:01 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Spotify has added Siri support to the latest beta version of its iOS app, allowing users to ask Siri to play songs, albums, and playlists in Spotify on an iPhone running iOS 13 or later, as noted by The Verge's Tom Warren. Apple opened up its SiriKit framework to third-party music, podcasts, audiobooks, and radio apps in iOS 13 and iPadOS, enabling users to use Siri to control audio playback ...

Spotify Wants Family Plan Members to Share Their Location Data 'From Time to Time'

Friday September 13, 2019 4:17 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Spotify will require family plan members to provide their location data "from time to time" to prove they're all living under the same roof, in an effort to curb subscribers who abuse the offer. The Spotify Premium Family Plan has been hugely popular among users of the music streaming service, since it offers families up to six accounts under one plan for a single price of $14.99 a month, as...

Spotify Premium Extends Free Trial Period to Three Months, Matching Apple Music

Thursday August 22, 2019 7:00 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Spotify today announced that it is extending its free-trial period for Spotify Premium to three months, up from the previous one month that users would have to try out the paid service. With this extension, Spotify and Apple Music now offer the same amount of free trial time before customers have to pay for the music streaming services. In its blog post on the announcement, Spotify confirmed ...

Spotify Adds Parental Control Feature to its Family Plan

Monday August 19, 2019 4:25 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Spotify is launching a new content filter feature for its Family Plan to give parents and guardians better control over what their children listen to. The owner of the family plan master account will be able to set an Explicit Content Filter on individual sub-accounts, which will prevent the user from playing anything in the Spotify library marked as explicit. The filter is accessed from ...

Spotify and Apple in Talks to Let Siri Play Spotify Content

Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:41 am PDT by Juli Clover
Spotify and Apple are in talks over a potential "truce" that would allow Siri to play songs, playlists, and albums from Spotify via voice commands from iPhone users, reports The Information. Apple in iOS 13 is introducing SiriKit changes that will allow ‌Siri‌ to play music, podcasts, audiobooks, and radio from third-party apps, which seems to be the feature that the two companies have been...

AT&T Unlimited &More Premium Wireless Plan Bundles Spotify Premium at No Extra Cost

Monday August 5, 2019 7:19 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
After partnering with Hulu, Spotify today announced that it will bundle its Premium plan with AT&T's most expensive wireless offering. Specifically, if you pay for AT&T's Unlimited &More Premium plan, you'll have the option to get a Spotify Premium monthly subscription at no extra cost (via Variety). AT&T's Unlimited &More Premium plans start at $80 monthly per line, and if you are an...

Spotify Grows to 108M Paid Subscribers Compared to Apple Music's 60M

Wednesday July 31, 2019 5:46 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Spotify today announced that it has grown to 108 million paid subscribers globally as of June 30, 2019. That number is an increase from 100 million paid subscribers, which the company reported in April. In total, there are 232 million monthly active users on Spotify, including the ones on the free version of Spotify. This is an increase of 29 percent year-over-year. Comparatively, Apple...

Spotify on iPad Now Supports Slide Over and Split View Multitasking

Wednesday July 17, 2019 11:56 am PDT by Juli Clover
The newest version of Spotify for iOS, released yesterday, quietly added support for Apple's multitasking Slide Over and Split View feature on the iPad. As noted on Reddit and highlighted by The Verge, you can now open and use the Spotify app alongside another app in Split View, or open it up in Slide Over to quickly access Spotify controls without having to close the current apps you have...

Spotify Stations iOS App Gains CarPlay Support

Tuesday July 2, 2019 3:47 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Spotify has added CarPlay support to its standalone Stations app, allowing users to control radio playback from their in-car infotainment systems and dashboards. Spotify Stations' support for Apple ‌CarPlay‌ was spotted by a Reddit user Released in the U.S. in June, the app lets Spotify account holders stream music from curated, radio-like stations. In that sense, Spotify Stations has...

Apple Says Spotify Only Pays 15% Fee on About 0.5% of Subscribers in Response to App Store Complaint

Monday June 24, 2019 9:51 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple has filed a response to Spotify's anticompetitive complaint about the App Store in Europe, noting that Spotify pays Apple a 15 percent commission for only about 0.5 percent of its paying subscribers, according to CNET. That figure equates to around 680,000 users who subscribed to Spotify through its iOS app, via Apple's in-app purchase system, between 2014 and 2016. This is because...