[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!

Comments
Blukers
Newbie
+1
jd1210
Newbie

+1

d4vidg4rr3t
Casual Listener

+ 1 add'l

hammerh34d
Newbie
+1
karlsushi
Newbie
Just become a Spotify premium customer. Is there any way to play music from Spotify through a usb otg via an external dac (audioquest dragonfly red in my case)? If not I would thoroughly encourage support for this.
markrs
Newbie

Seriously considering moving from Spotify Premium Family to Tidal purely because of this issue. 

samieabd
Newbie

I support this idea. I have a samsung SM T285 with lollipop that i bought spesifically so i can use it with a DAC and plug it on my car stereo. 

Yosh81
Newbie

Yes please! 

We audiophiles need good soundquality.

And with Tidal Hifi and Mqa, Spotify are loosing listeners...

SEGSEG
Casual Listener

 +1

Very interested in this. Added my vote.

burninggecko
Newbie

+1