It's no secret that music streaming service Spotify has seen an influx of users. In fact, the largest music streaming platform on the planet surpassed the 100 million subscriber milestone in 2017. If you're one of those subscribers, and you regularly use the platform, then good news! You can now take your listening experience to the next level with Spotify Connect.
WHAT IS SPOTIFY CONNECT?
Spotify Connect is a feature of the Spotify app that allows you to stream music from within the app itself. No more clunky third-party applications assigned to the speaker or HiFi unit you purchased, simply select your music system from within the Spotify app and play. It’s that simple.
Much like Apple’s AirPlay or Google’s Chromecast, Spotify creates a wireless connection with your music system to offer a seamless streaming experience that’s both highly convenient and effortless to use. It’s like Bluetooth… but better!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Familiarity! Anyone familiar with Spotify’s interface and navigation is likely to find using a third-party streaming app akin to pulling teeth. Compared to the original, these apps are slow, clunky, and provide none of the functionality of the real thing.
Convenience! There’s simply no faster way to play your music. You simply open your Spotify app, connect with your music system, and play. Super super simple.
HOW DO I SET UP SPOTIFY CONNECT
• Have a premium Spotify subscription
• Set up Spotify Connect on your speaker/component
• Open Spotify and tap the speaker icon (bottom right)
• Select your device.
Using Audiolab’s all-new Omnia Network Streaming Amplifier (with Spotify Connect functionality) as an example, you’ll need to first connect the unit to your Wifi network. This is done by installing Play-Fi on your smart device.
Once Play-Fi is installed, it’ll prompt you to connect to your Wifi network. This is an automatic process conducted in seconds requiring ZERO passwords. And once that’s done, you can open Spotify, tap the speaker icon in the bottom left corner of the application, and select the PLAY-FI DEVICE to get connected.
Of course, you can then go into the Play-Fi app and rename your device to lounge room or kitchen or even customise it entirely to ‘Omnia’ so as to make finding your system much easier. But that’s it! That’s all you need to do. And once that’s done, you’ll never need to use the Play-Fi app again.
WHICH SPEAKERS/COMPONENTS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH SPOTIFY CONNECT?
Spotify Connect is a proprietary licence audio manufactures need to purchase in order for their products to be compatible. If you’re a Spotify user, look for components that list Spotify Connect as a feature – like Audiolab’s Omnia.
In short, Spotify Connect is a way for Premium subscribers to get the most out of their audio listening experience. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your home sound system or just want a better way to stream music through your smart device, Spotify Connect can help you do that. As long as you have an internet connection and a compatible device, Spotify Connect is a great option.