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How to use Spotify Connect?

mikorsten
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Looking for a way to stream Spotify from my Lenovo Ideapad to my Samsung DA-E 750 which is fully Airplay-compatible. Heard about Spotify Connect and thought it was the solution for that but I don't even see a speaker symbol in Spotify. Uninstalled and installed again but it makes no difference. Streaming from my Windows-Notebook works perfect with Airfoil but they don't habe an Android App. Ans Ideas?

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Re: How to use Spotify Connect?

poisike
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Airplay and Spotify Connect are not the same. To use Connect, you need hardware that supports it. I have never seen any announcement from Samsung about Spotify Connect, so I don't believe your device has Connect.

But there is a solution, you can use Airplay on Android if you are ready to root your Android device. I have been using AirAudio app (requires root) to stream Spotify to my Airplay enabled Yamaha AVR.
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Peter__
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Is your Samsung device Spotify Connect enabled (normally requires a firmware update from the manufacturer)?

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Re: How to use Spotify Connect?

mikorsten
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I thought that connect works with Airplay Devices and that it's not a new protocol for it doesn't seem to make any sense to me.....?

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poisike
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Airplay and Spotify Connect are not the same. To use Connect, you need hardware that supports it. I have never seen any announcement from Samsung about Spotify Connect, so I don't believe your device has Connect.

But there is a solution, you can use Airplay on Android if you are ready to root your Android device. I have been using AirAudio app (requires root) to stream Spotify to my Airplay enabled Yamaha AVR.

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mikorsten
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Thanks poisike! Have seen AirAudio in the store and I think I have to buy it to get rid of the Bluetooth Connection which isn't reliable. I just think that it's a shame that Spotify is trying to do their own thing as Airplay seems to be the future Standard, so I wonder that they don't just implement a Piece of Software like AirAudio of Airfoil, should be a piece of Cake for a Software Developer.

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poisike
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Its probably not that simple. Airplay is probably covered by 100 patents and knowing Apple, they will never allow using it on Android.
So the only way, if you want to make it work on all platforms, is using something your own.

Re: How to use Spotify Connect?

Joe
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Probably because connect is really cheap to implement in third party hardware devices so it is economical for even low-end devices, unlike airplay which is aimed at high-end systems. Also airplay uses streaming from the source device whereas connect doesn't. Once you connect to speakers, they stream directly from a spotify server.

 

Airplay might have established a niche in the market but connect is going to dominate once manufacturers all start incorporating one of the two cheap chipsets in their equipment

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mikorsten
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Maybe not that simple but Apple should know that it makes it easier to set Airplay as a Standard, don't you think? And Airplay is even included in my Samsung Sound Devise' Apple and Samsung are not best Friends..... Every Developer can write compatible Software such as Airfoil etc. so you don't need to buy Licenses.

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mikorsten
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Thanks for your answer Joe, but it'll be a pretty Mess on the Market as there are a lot of Streaming Services and no Hardware Vendor can implement every Protocol on it's Devices. And what about the Customers? Today I'm using Spotify, maybe next year I decide to switch to another Streaming Service because of any reason but I couldn't do that if my Devices only work on Spotify, could I? Although the Idea of having a fully useable Spotify-Client inside a Soundbar seems to be pretty charming, I must confess....

Re: How to use Spotify Connect?

poisike
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mikorsten: I'm with you, but this is never going to happen. Basically we (as consumers) need to make our choices based on what's available for us.
I actually bought a new AVR because of Spotify Connect, yet I still don't have it. Yamaha has not released the firmware update to enable Spotify Connect, it was supposed to be released mid November... So even if something is advertised as compatible, it may not work.

Google has its Chromecast and is pushing that. I tried Google Play All Access with Chromecast and for audio, its useless. Chromecast is actually more like Spotify Connect, but yet it seems that there will never be spotify on Chromecast.

It seems that every company wants to rule your living room but no one actually does...

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