Spotify has still not added AirPlay 2 support to its iOS app – and now it looks like it may never happen forum post noticed MacRumors. The reason provided by the company for the message is that “voice driver compatibility issues” forced the inclusion of the feature to wait in the near future.
AirPlay 2, added as part of the iOS 11 update, introduced multi-room sound, Siri voice control and fairly extensive support for a wide range of speakers, televisionsand streaming services. It was the real first for Apple’s “Casting” feature, which had previously been somewhat poorly supported outside of Apple’s own devices.
Spotify has its own way of getting voice from its service to other devices in the form Spotify Connect, but given that Spotify already supports Google Cast, skipping Apple ‘s latest streaming protocol seems strange. Like MacRumors notes that Apple also does not appear to be too difficult to deploy in the developer documentation either.
But say that Spotify had a less friendly relationship with Apple, maybe even that far filing a competition law complaint against it and publicly call it a bullyand the choice not to take the extra time to incorporate AirPlay 2 is starting to make more sense. There’s no reason not to take Spotify to its word – this can be a technical issue that only requires too much work to solve – but it seems to all Spotify iOS subscribers that it’s hard not to feel caught up in the contradiction between the two technology giants.
Limit has asked Spotify for confirmation that AirPlay 2 support is no longer operational and that driver problems are the cause. The company did not respond immediately to our request for comment on Friday.