Should Apple Music ‘borrow’ Spotify Connect functionality for continuity?


When talking about Apple, most people often refer to its “ecosystem”. If you use a Mac, iPhone, Apple Watch, and any other Apple product together, you know how well Apple products work with each other.

This seamless integration between Apple products has helped the Cupertino giant deter long-time Apple users from trying gadgets from other OEMs.

How could you ask? Well, try using an Apple Watch with an Android smartphone. If that’s not enough, what about standard texting between an Android phone and an iPhone?

As you can see, Apple doesn’t play well with others. But it’s certainly not perfect. And its Apple Music service sticks out like a sore thumb.

Compared to its biggest competitor, Apple Music lacks the continuity that Spotify Connect offers between devices. With Spotify Connect, you can remotely control media playback on other devices.

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Not only that, but you can also control the output device and queue, among other things.

So, as long as you’re signed in with your Spotify account on all devices, you essentially have playback control on each individual device.

Given Apple’s seamless ecosystem, one would expect Apple Music to offer the same functionality. But this is not the case. For some reason, the company chose not to give Apple Music the continuity that Spotify users get with Connect.

Hopeful Apple Music fans have been asking for this feature for a long time (1,2,3,4,5,6,7).

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One of the great features currently missing from Apple Music is a feature like Spotify connect which allows you to select and control music from one IOS device from another Apple device. Some of us want to enjoy lossless, high-res Apple Music on our stereo systems with a DAC and are too lazy to get up and interact with the phone plugged into the room.
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Spotify has this cool feature that I really miss in Apple Music where it doesn’t matter which device you start playing music on, every device is logged into the same account and the network would allow you to control the same music, a queue of hold and in mobile devices like iPad or iPhone, controls even appear on the lock screen if music is detected from another device
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This is not the only feature requested by users. Apple Music also lacks the longest-requested crossfade feature. For some reason, however, the Android version is unaffected.

Apple even dropped the highly anticipated iOS 16 update recently. But to the disappointment of Apple Music users, even the new update did not introduce these features.

Apple may consider including a Continuity feature to match Spotify Connect in its Music app in a future iOS update. Or maybe even include it in one of the future iOS 16 “dot” updates.

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