Spotify nonetheless hasn’t added AirPlay 2 help to its iOS app — however regardless of the delay, it’s nonetheless “working to make [it] a actuality,” the corporate tells The Verge. Some doubt was solid on AirPlay 2 inclusion when MacRumors spotted a forum post the place a Spotify discussion board moderator claimed that “audio driver compatibility issues” would possibly imply the characteristic wouldn’t be added for the foreseeable future. Spotify now claims that’s incorrect.
The Verge obtained the next assertion from Spotify concerning AirPlay 2:
AirPlay 2, added as part of iOS 11 update, launched multiroom audio, Siri voice management, and pretty broad help throughout a large swath of audio system, televisions, and streaming companies. It was an actual first for Apple’s “casting” characteristic, which had beforehand been considerably poorly supported exterior of Apple’s personal units.
Spotify has its personal manner to get audio from its service to different units within the type of Spotify Connect, however contemplating Spotify already helps Google Solid, skipping Apple’s latest streaming protocol would appear like an odd omission. As MacRumors notes, Apple offers a seemingly easy (*2*) explaining how to allow the characteristic. Nevertheless, developer Marco Arment points out that the fourth step (adopting a brand new API that helps enhanced buffering) is an even bigger hurdle than it seems.
However add in that Spotify has a less-than-friendly relationship with Apple, even going so far as filing an antitrust complaint and publicly calling it a bully, and a selection to not prioritize incorporating AirPlay 2 makes much more sense. It’s good that it’s nonetheless taking place, however for any Spotify subscriber on iOS, it’s arduous to not really feel such as you’re caught within the crossfire between two tech giants on the outs.
Replace August sixth, 6:47PM ET: Modified headline and added assertion from Spotify confirming it is engaged on AirPlay2 help.