Spotify Stories April 15
Spotify update is causing playback and notification issues for some on Android [U: Fixed]
A recent update to the Spotify app for Android has been causing issues, with playback being interrupted or the notification-based controls disappearing.
Update: Spotify has now resolved this issue.
Spotify Stories April 7
While Spotify’s Car Thing device isn’t exactly pointless, it certainly has a narrow use case as we detailed in our recent review. Now, Spotify Car Thing is picking up its first major update with the ability to answer phone calls, control other apps, and more.
Spotify Stories March 25
We’re all encouraged to keep our hands off of our phones while driving, but as our media shifts from the radio to streaming apps, that becomes just a bit harder. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using Spotify Car Thing to control music on my drives, and while it’s a device full of great ideas, I can’t help but feel it’s somewhat redundant at this point.
Spotify Stories March 24
Four months after being “retired,” Spotify is letting customers test out a completely overhauled automotive interface called Car Mode.
Spotify Stories March 14
Music is a core form of entertainment while on the road, but Spotify has been shuffling its car strategy up as of late. Now, just a week after releasing its “Car Thing” hardware to the public, Spotify is pulling support for in-car head units from Pioneer and other brands.
Spotify Stories March 3
Spotify tests swipe-to-queue gesture on Android a year after saying the feature isn’t ‘on our radar’
It’s not uncommon for Android and iOS versions of the same basic app to have some different features, but Spotify has a long list of basic features that are only in the iOS version. Now, after many users have requested the function on Android, Spotify is testing out a “swipe to queue” feature for its Android app.
Spotify Stories February 22
Spotify has been working on its own car hardware for a while, with “Car Thing” having gone on sale last year for a limited number of interested users. Starting today, though, Spotify Car Thing is available to everyone in the US, just in time for a major update to the product.
Spotify Stories January 27
Is YouTube Music a viable alternative to Spotify? Here’s what you need to know
If you’re looking for an alternative to Spotify, YouTube Music might be the way to go. Follow this guide to learn what YouTube Music has to offer versus Spotify, how much the membership costs, and how to transfer your songs from Spotify to YouTube Music.
Spotify Stories November 26, 2021
Spotify Stories November 18, 2021
Following years of user demand for the feature, Spotify today announced that it would add support for real-time lyrics across its apps, including on Android and Google TV.
Spotify Stories August 24, 2021
Spotify offline playback is now actively rolling out to Wear OS users
We’ve known for a while that Spotify has been working on offline storage for Wear OS smartwatches, but it’s taken some time to hit everyone’s smartwatches. This week, Spotify is actually rolling out offline support to Wear OS, the company has confirmed.
Spotify Stories August 11, 2021
Spotify Stories July 28, 2021
Spotify has long been notorious for neglecting its Android app, but it seems the company is finally giving the platform some attention with recent updates. After introducing a new homescreen widget, Spotify is now testing a new in-app miniplayer to match.
Spotify Stories June 25, 2021
Android 12 puts a new emphasis on widgets, and perhaps just ironically, Spotify is now preparing a brand-new homescreen widget.
Spotify Stories June 3, 2021
Spotify for Android bug hides playlists downloaded for offline playback from library
Recent updates to Spotify have changed up the library tab in some major ways, most recently with an “Only You” feature. Unfortunately, though, the latest Spotify for Android update appears to hide downloaded playlists from view.
Spotify Stories May 20, 2021
Spotify rolling out new search filters for iOS and Android
Spotify for iOS and Android is getting a little update to make search easier with new filters. The change is coming to both free and Premium subscribers.
Spotify Stories May 18, 2021
Amongst a bevy of Wear OS announcements at Google I/O, Spotify has shared that their smartwatch app is getting enhanced with the ability to download music and podcasts.
Spotify Stories April 29, 2021
Spotify launches redesigned ‘Your Library’ with new grid view, dynamic filters, more for iOS/Android
Spotify has announced an update today for both iOS and Android that brings a redesigned “Your Library” tab. Changes include a new grid view, dynamic filters, improved sorting, and more to better access all of your music and podcasts in one place.
Spotify Stories April 21, 2021
Spotify has a lot of great features, but one of its best and most unique is Connect, a method of keeping the same listening session synced across all of your devices. Unfortunately, what seems like a bug is breaking Spotify Connect in multiple ways when using Google Assistant or Chromecast devices.
Spotify Stories March 22, 2021
Spotify updating iOS/Android app home screens with recently played, discover, and podcasts
Last year Spotify brought a redesigned UI to its iOS and Android app home screens. Building on that design, today Spotify announced new features including a section highlighting, personalized recommendations, “Recently Played,” and new and unfinished podcasts.
Spotify Stories March 12, 2021
Spotify brings ‘Group Session’ multi-user controls to Android Automotive on Polestar 2
Launched last year, Spotify “Group Sessions” enable users of the service to come together and control the same playlist from their own devices. Now, Spotify Group Sessions are expanding to Android Auto… at least the in-car version running on Polestar 2.
Spotify Stories February 23, 2021
One of the biggest bonuses with the Spotify mobile app has always been the ability to cast audio from a “free” account to your Google Assistant-powered speakers and Smart Displays. A recent, quietly made change means that this privilege is now only reserved for Premium account holders.
Spotify Stories February 22, 2021
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services in the world today, and it’s about to add one of the most-requested features — lossless audio quality.
Spotify Stories December 9, 2020
Spotify is debuting a new feature for playlists this week — the ability to set custom cover images from your Android or iOS smartphone using the official mobile app.
Spotify Stories December 7, 2020
Spotify for Android is working on local music playback
Streaming music is what most people do nowadays, but local files can help fill in the gaps and pull from a library you spent years curating. Now, Spotify for Android is preparing to finally add support for listening to local music on your phone.
Spotify Stories October 23, 2020
Spotify Stories October 21, 2020
Spotify says adding offline playback to its Wear OS app is ‘virtually impossible’
Google’s Wear OS platform has had a Spotify app for a while, but it’s only ever had the ability to play music on your phone or on connected devices throughout the home. When questioned about why the app can’t store music offline on Wear OS smartwatches, Spotify said it was “impossible.”
Spotify Stories August 27, 2020
Spotify subscribers can redeem a free Google Nest Mini, only in Canada for now
Spotify and Google have been partnering off and on for the past couple of years to give subscribers free Assistant speakers, and that promo is back yet again. If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber in Canada, you can get a free Google Nest Mini right now.
Spotify Stories July 27, 2020
Spotify on Windows/Mac desktop finally lets you initiate a Chromecast session
After many, many years, you can now initiate a Chromecast stream from the Spotify app for desktop. You’ve long been able to control Chromecast streams that were initiated from the iOS and Android apps (via Spotify Connect), but now you can initiate those streams directly from your Windows or Mac desktop.
Spotify Stories June 30, 2020
Spotify rolls out real-time lyrics behind YouTube Music, but only in select countries
Spotify is one of the biggest music streaming services on the market today, but it still feels a bit behind the times on certain features. Today, the company has announced that real-time lyrics are coming to Spotify, but only in select regions.
Spotify Stories June 23, 2020
Google, Spotify compile quarantine and ‘summer listening trends’ from Nest devices
Spotify Stories June 20, 2020
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services available today, but like any other product it can improve to better compete with others. Following in the footsteps of YouTube Music, Spotify is apparently starting to build out a new video player on “Now Playing” UI.
Spotify Stories May 26, 2020
Spotify ditches 10,000 song limit on ‘Your Library’
Streaming music is probably a part of your daily life at this point, and Spotify is a great service to do that! However, the service has always had one annoying limit that irked many users — a limit of 10,000 songs saved to your library at any given time. Today, Spotify has announced that the limit on “Your Library” is going away.
Spotify Stories April 23, 2020
The best speakers in your home are often the ones attached to your TV and now, Spotify is giving its Android TV app a fresh coat of paint to make it easier to play your music on the big screen.
Spotify Stories March 10, 2020
Spotify Stories March 9, 2020
Spotify Stories March 5, 2020
Spotify is apparently working on a new feature for voice commands. In a world of “Hey Google,” “Hey Siri,” and “Alexa,” you’ll now also be adding “Hey Spotify” to the mix.
Spotify Stories February 27, 2020
Spotify Stories February 19, 2020
Spotify is one of the most-used music streaming platforms out there, and now, it’s finally getting a highly requested feature. After some small rollouts over the past few months, Spotify is adding song lyrics to its Android app, and on iOS, too.
Spotify Stories February 10, 2020
One of the best parts about the Google Clock app is its ability to play from your favorite music apps when your alarm goes off. Unfortunately, many people using Google Clock are being given a rude reawakening due to an issue with the Spotify app causing alarm music to play again shortly after being dismissed.
Spotify Stories December 11, 2019
Spotify Stories November 18, 2019
Spotify Stories September 25, 2019
After Hours: New Spotify playlists, MediaTek’s Android TV chipset, more
Spotify Stories September 10, 2019
Spotify Stories September 9, 2019
After Hours: Spotify notifications, OnePlus TV design, MIUI ads, more
As the Google Nest Hub Max went on sale today, we got even more Pixel 4 leaks and much more. Some of the day’s other stories include teases of the OnePlus TV, Spotify news, a way to turn off ads on Xiaomi’s MIUI, and more.
Spotify Stories August 23, 2019
Spotify Stories August 13, 2019
One differentiating point of Android as a platform is the ability to use widgets on the homescreen. In its latest update, though, Spotify has removed the homescreen widget from its Android app.
Spotify Stories July 9, 2019
Spotify launches ultra-slim 10 MB Lite Android app in 36 countries