Spotify: AirPlay 2 support suspended

We’ll have to wait a while to get AirPlay 2 support with Spotify. The streaming service announces that the project has been discontinued due to incompatibility.

In an online discussion forum, a representative for Spotify said the music streaming service was working to support AirPlay 2, but the company had suspended its development “for the time being” due to “audio driver compatibility issues”. The representative described AirPlay 2 support as “The project is more difficult than expected and we will not be able to complete it within a predetermined period.”

AirPlay 2 was released as part of iOS 11.4 in May 2018 with several improvements to the original AirPlay wireless audio protocol, including multi-room audio, Siri voice control, and improved caching. The app can support AirPlay 2 by implementing API the Domain AVFoundation, with a four-step process described on the Apple developer site.

Spotify has also not added native support for the HomePod (or its successor, the HomePod mini), although Apple opened up the speaker to third-party music services last year. This is despite the fact that Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission in March 2019 which accused the Apple brand of Lock Spotify and other competitors from Apple services like Siri, HomePod, and Apple Watch.

Since this announcement, Spotify has made sure to make things clear on its website. “We apologize for any confusion we may have caused. To clarify the situation, Spotify Airplay 2 will be well supported. We will post updates as they become available.”

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