[Partnership] USB Audio Player PRO (UAPP)

This idea is marked as "not right now" bacuase it involves a 3rd party. Instead please support the similar idea Support USB Audio directly - bypassing the Android driver

 

Background

External USB headphone DAC/amps for Android phones are becoming a thing.  The release of the LG G5 and its "Hi-Fi Plus module" is an example that has been widely publicised.  What Hi-Fi has a Best DACs page that mainly lists portable audiophile kit - a few years ago the DACs in What Hi-Fi were all mains powered and large.  I would personally prefer to carry a phone and a DAC rather than a phone and a portable music player mostly because of Spotify. 

 

USB Audio support in Android 5 (Lollypop) is imperfect - see this support thread.

 

AudioQuest, makers of the Dragonfly, have recommended the USB Audio Player PRO (UAPP) app.  The app uses its own USB Audio Driver to bypass the imperfect Android driver.  On my phone I get glitching and up-sampling in Spotify with the Dragonfly and the Android driver but there are no issues with UAPP.

 

Proposal

Spotify developers could work with the makers of USB Audio Player PRO (UAPP) to support their USB Audio driver in Spotify.  I imagine that UAPP would need to be installed before Spotify would see the driver.  So I imagine UAPP's developers would help with the integration because it would lead to more sales of their app.

 

Advantages

  • The UAPP developers are clearly experts at linking Android phones to USB audio devices.
  • If there is a concern about protecting the IP in the music then working with the developer of the USB driver could be useful. e.g. to verify that the end point was a supported device.
  • I expect Google will improve the Android drivers in the future but Spotify users, like me, are looking for audiophile sound quality now and on their current devices.
  • Spotify's competitor Tidal is already supported by UAPP.

 

Updated on 2019-08-29

Hello!

 

Your idea was submitted a while ago and unfortunately didn't receive the amount of kudos needed to stay active in the ideas board (100 Kudos per year). 

In order to keep the Ideas Exchange clearer I'll close this idea for now, but this doesn't mean Spotify rejected this idea.

If you think this is an idea which needs to be implemented, you're welcome to post it in a slightly different form :)

 

Have a nice day!

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CalvesTaylor
Newbie

+1

gpo
Newbie

I need this feature asap because I can't stream it through external DAC

seydibaba
Newbie

+1

SoulShinobi
Newbie

I am in the market for a DAC and I'm stunned and disappointed that this isn't already supported. 

mferg518
Newbie

I'm considering a Dragonfly Red. My home office has a very good stereo, but the CD player doesn't have a digital in to attach a Google Chromecast. I'm going into the preamp from the earphones via a 'Y' spliter. I stream Tidal and Spotify to my main system with a digital in (after going through a Firestone Audio Bravo reclocker) and it sounds fantastic. I mostly listen to Spotify in the office, but may have to switch to Tidal.

neddoge
Newbie

Any update with this?

ZorkII
Roadie

Thanks to everybody who supported this idea.  I was hoping we would get to 100 before year end and we have!  With 100 votes the idea now gets into the weekly Spotify review meeting - see the FAQ What happens to the idea I submitted?

reguax
Newbie

+1

IsrBmxer
Newbie

+1 !!

modder
Newbie

Are there any news on this? After 3 years Spotify Premium I am considering to switch to Tidal because with Android 6 my DAC does not work anymore and with USB Audio Player Pro Tidal is supported, but spotify isnt :(