[iOS] Implement Native HomePod Support

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Just this week at WWDC (June 22, 2020), Apple announced support for third party music services on the HomePod.  I'm requesting that Spotify implement native support for the HomePod such that one or even multiple HomePods will appear in the "Connect to a device" menu on any Apple device WITHOUT having to connect through Airplay.  This will also allow users to ask Siri to play songs from Spotify on their HomePod(s). 

 

Apple is opening up the HomePod, and I know there are many other HomePod users that would love to have native Spotify support on their speaker. 

 

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Please upvote this idea to garner attention for it.  Thank you Spotify and the Spotify community.  Let's get this implemented so it's ready for general iOS 14 release this September!

Updated on 2021-06-14

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ILoveMusic99
Newbie

I signed up for Spotify yesterday morning, deleted 100 GB of Apple Music, setup playlists and everything on Spotify, only to discover that AirPlay to my 4 HomePods could only do 50% volume, there still was no integration with HomePod as a default player and that these threads on here have been unanswered for a loooong time. 

 

Seems Spotify is busy elsewhere and doesn't care about fixing any of this in a hurry. 

 

Back to AM it is.

tomawaknawak
Newbie

"only to discover that AirPlay to my 4 HomePods could only do 50% volume"
What do you mean by that? Is this only your issue or is this a general issue?

Y_no_HomePod
Newbie

It's weird how little Spotify care about the user experience on Apple devices. It's not just limited to not being able to ask HomePod to play a song from Spotify, (now 9 months after WWDC2020 making that functionality available to all developers).

 

When I upgraded from an iPhone 7 plus to an iPhone 12 I noticed that the general Spotify app speed (e.g. when scrolling through playlists) was a lot slower on the iPhone 12. Every other app was much faster, so it was a Spotify specific issue. Clearly the Spotify app hadn't been optimised properly for the new device. In some cases it would crash. I wondered if the Spotify app was only utilising the low-power/high efficiency cores of the iPhone 12 CPU for both decoding and UI as it felt even slower when a song was playing.

 

Since switching to Apple Music I've noticed a lot of things that work better. The sound quality of Apple Music's native AAC-encoded 256K "High Quality" audio files is superior to Spotify's Ogg Vorbis files at 160/320k (which are being locally transcoded on the fly by iOS into AAC for streaming over Bluetooth. Erugggh.).

 

With the "Lossless", "High Resolution Lossless" and "Dolby Atmos" modes, Apple Music just blows away the audio quality of Spotify. It's seriously in another league. I've only been listening in my car for a few days and the difference is staggering. The distortion which I thought was my car speakers at high volumes is completely gone, low bass notes are richer and deeper, and the timing is more natural. Something is seriously broken in the entire Spotify user experience across almost all Apple products.

 

It's clear that Spotify just doesn't care about maintaining a top tier quality product for Apple users. They are so contemptuous of over 50% of their user base that they don't even respond to a 90 page thread on their own community forum.

tryingtothink
Newbie
Thank you for this. Very interesting .An even bigger problem than I
realised.
I think as the family upgrade their devices they may come round to the idea
of moving the account to AM.
The last couple of nights I haven't neen able to transfer what was playing
on my 7 to the Homepods. It said it was doing it, but it didn't happen.
I don't know if that is Apple or Spotify.

I am also puzzled at the lack of media interest. Absolutely no-one I have
contacted has troubled themselves to even respond.
pajacz
Newbie

Apple allows this to work. Spotify doesn‘t care. That is the problem.
Ignoring this feature request further on will bring me to cancel my Spotify subscription and changing to Apple Music.
For me there has never been a reason to do so, but now there is.

Joshua1111
Visitor

I’ve had a Spotify family account for as long as I can remember. Not sure what is worse, the fact this is still not implemented or that Spotify can’t be bothered to respond to paying customers… I guess I will be switching  streaming services…

Justareviewer
Newbie

Just chiming in to express my disappointment that this hasn’t been implemented already considering the attention and obvious customer interest. This is not a good hill to die on, Spotify

RobertoNM
Newbie

I didn't know that they transcoded from Ogg Vorbis to ACC on the fly. They just responded that they wouldn't be adding Airplay 2 support for the foreseeable future. Could this be related to that?

stevau5
Visitor

Just here to express my disappointment with Spotify in terms of supporting native apple products. Going to be switching to Apple Music finally, I love Spotify but this sucks

cjtaylo
Newbie

I'm frustrated on the wait on this issue. I just signed up for a 3 month trial of Apple Music (which sounds awesome) and will switch if the integration is still not available.