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Spotify finally gets Siri support in iOS 13: Here’s how it works

Spotify finally gets Siri support in iOS 13: Here’s how it works

It's been a long time coming, but as of today the iOS faithful can tap into Siri while using Spotify. This missing functionality has been a point of contention between Spotify and Apple, but now it seems the two companies can finally bury the hatchet on that front, though we imagine some conflict with still remain between the two. Previously, only Apple Music was able to boast Siri integration, though that changed when Apple opened up SiriKit in iOS 13.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate adds six months of Spotify Premium

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate adds six months of Spotify Premium

If you own an Xbox or a gaming PC, Xbox Game Pass is a pretty decent way to play games without having to buy each one individually. Microsoft, for its part, has been promoting Game Pass at every opportunity, and now it's decided to sweeten the pot a little more. New subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will also be able to get Spotify Premium as a bonus, but as always, there are some things to be aware of before signing up.

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Spotify Siri integration finally enters beta in iOS 13

Spotify Siri integration finally enters beta in iOS 13

It's been a long time coming, but it looks like Spotify is finally going to gain Siri integration in iOS 13. Apple indicated as much when it opened up the SiriKit framework to third-party app makers earlier in the summer, and it seems that Spotify has wasted little time in beginning to work on Siri integration. The feature has been added in Spotify's latest beta version, which suggests that an official release isn't that far off.

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Spotify targets family plan sharing by requesting user location

Spotify targets family plan sharing by requesting user location

Spotify is targeting users who are sharing family plans in ways that violate its terms of service. This isn't the first time the company has targeted this unapproved sharing, but it is the first time it will take more drastic steps to stop users from providing account access to individuals living outside of their home. To do this, Spotify will start periodically requesting access to each family plan user's location.

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Spotify Snapchat update lets you share music and podcasts

Spotify Snapchat update lets you share music and podcasts

In its quest to retain its spot as the dominant music streaming service, Spotify is helped by integrating with other apps. Today it's doing just that, announcing new Spotify functionality within Snapchat. At some point in the near future, you'll be able to share the music and podcasts you're listening to on Snapchat, potentially introducing your friends to some new tunes in the process.

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Spotify widget returns to Android app after fallout

Spotify widget returns to Android app after fallout

Back in the middle of August, 2019, Spotify removed access to its Android-based music widget in its standard music streaming app. This move was met with some significant backlash from the Android community, resulting in coverage by the tech press, and ultimately a response from Spotify itself. Now, it would seem, Spotify is on track to bring the feature back to the Android app, very soon.

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Spotify brings automatic track previews to Facebook Stories

Spotify brings automatic track previews to Facebook Stories

Spotify has made it easier to share tracks on Facebook, the company announced this week. With the update, tracks from Spotify shared on Facebook Stories will offer 15-second previews of the audio before the user taps to listen to it. The feature is particularly useful for creators who share their music to an audience on Facebook, but viewers will need to tap through to Spotify to hear the entire track.

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Spotify loves podcasts so much it could start helping users make them

Spotify loves podcasts so much it could start helping users make them

If you haven't noticed by now, Spotify is really excited about podcasts. For quite some time now, Spotify has been offering podcasts alongside its vast music library, letting Premium users subscribe to their favorites and download episodes for offline listening. Spotify also allows pretty much anyone to list their podcasts, but it may soon take that one step further by offering easy access to tools to actually create a podcast.

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Spotify Premium extends free trial period to match Apple Music

Spotify Premium extends free trial period to match Apple Music

For quite some time now, Spotify and Apple have been locked in a rivalry that can be very bitter at times. Not only is Apple Music gunning for Spotify's spot as king of the music streaming hill, but there's also an ongoing dispute between the two companies when it comes to Apple's management of the App Store and iOS functionality in general. In short: Neither company seems too fond of the other at the moment.

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Apple and Spotify reportedly negotiating for a Siri parley

Apple and Spotify reportedly negotiating for a Siri parley

While Apple is positioning itself as the champion of privacy, other companies are accusing it of monopoly and unfair business practices. Its biggest accuser in that regard is, surprisingly or not, the music streaming giant Spotify. The two have been locked into a war of words that has already reached the ears of EU regulators. It seems that the two are willing to compromise on a few key points without actually backing down from their positions.

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Spotify retires its Android widget for some reason

Spotify retires its Android widget for some reason

It's a sad day for widget lovers around the world. Though homescreen widgets are one of the unique features Android offers, Spotify has decided that it no longer wants to support its own widget. An update today removes the widget entirely, in a move that some users undoubtedly find annoying.

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Spotify for Podcasters now a live threat to iTunes, Stitcher, podcasters

Spotify for Podcasters now a live threat to iTunes, Stitcher, podcasters

This is not a drill, and it's no longer a beta! Spotify for Podcasters is now an active, live system with which Spotify will take on the likes of Apple, Google, and the folks behind Stitcher. With Spotify for Podcasters, people making podcasts will have access to detailed analytics, user data, and options "to drive discovery" for their content.

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