Spotify is reportedly seeking to admonish developers who use its API for apps that allow users to transfer to a rival music streaming service, such as Apple Music, by revoking access to the Spotify SDK.
Developers who facilitate users with the ability to copy their Spotify library and playlists to other services are being informed that their access to the Spotify SDK is to be revoked.
Unfortunately, as of SongShift v5.1.2, you will no longer be able to create transfers from Spotify to another music service. We understand this will be a disappointment for a lot of you. We wish we didn’t have to.
The Spotify Developer Platform Team reached out and let us know we’d need to remove transferring from their service to a competing music service or have our API access revoked due to TOS violation.
Spotify has allowed SongShift to continue offering transfers into its service, however. Only transfers out to other streaming services have been blocked.
The move is backed by Spotify’s developer agreement, which states that developers should not “transfer Spotify Content… to another music service that competes with Spotify or the Spotify Service.”
In recent months, Spotify has heavily criticized Apple for anti-competitive behavior. The company has joined the “Coalition for App Fairness” to “fight back” against Apple, sided with Epic Games over its ongoing dispute with Apple, and formally complained to the European Comission about Apple allegedly stifling competition, resulting in an EU antitrust investigation.
Apple is using its dominant position and unfair practices to disadvantage competitors and deprive consumers by favoring its own services. We call on competition authorities to act urgently to restrict Apple’s anti-competitive behavior, which if left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, learn, create, and connect.
The move to actively prevent users from transferring away from Spotify, thereby constraining competition, seems peculiar as the company has railed against Apple for supposedly doing the same. Interestingly, Apple has not instituted any equivalent bar on transferring away from Apple Music to other streaming services.
Leaker Max Weinbach has today shared new “finalized and revised” information about the upcoming iPhone 12 via his Twitter account @PineLeaks.
Weinbach states that the “most important things” about the new iPhones were already revealed by Chinese Weibo user “Kang” via an extensive leak on Friday, but he does offer some specific new information.
Apple is reportedly still intending to ship …
Apple’s iPhone 12 event is nearly upon us, and leaks and rumors have been flying around in the final days. We’ve got new details on the iPhone 12 and its launch timing, a smaller HomePod, and more.
In addition, we’re still looking at a number of other new products including AirPods Studio, AirTags, and the first Apple Silicon Macs, so read on below for the latest on all of these!
Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup is expected to come in eight different colors, overhauling the iPhone color options to prospective customers. The colors come to accompany the iPhone 12’s new squared-off industrial design, with a flat stainless steel band around the outer edge, at least on the Pro models, and glass on the rear.
Current iPhone 11 Colors New rumors from a reliable Chinese Weibo account …
Friday October 9, 2020 1:34 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
A Chinese Weibo account going by the name “Kang” this morning posted allegedly accurate information for every product set to be announced at the upcoming Apple event on October 13, including details on the full iPhone 12 lineup.
An image of the original post in Chinese has been tweeted by leaker Ice Universe, who has provided accurate information on unreleased Apple products in the past. The …
Friday October 9, 2020 11:51 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple retail stores around the world are receiving shipments of new devices that are likely to be the new iPad Air models, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
In a tweet, Gurman said that new devices have started arriving at Apple Stores “for opening at a later date.” These new devices are likely the iPad Airs that are set to go on sale at some point in October as it’s too early for the…
Monday October 12, 2020 3:55 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has quietly removed the “Beats by Dre” webpage from its website ahead of its Apple event on Tuesday, as it prepares to launch a new, lower-cost HomePod and AirPods Studio headphones.
As noted by Apple Terminal, the landing page for Beats products can no longer be found on Apple’s website. The Wayback Machine has a snapshot of the page in its original form from October 2, while the most …
Apple is set to host its next event on Tuesday, October 13, where it is widely expected to unveil its iPhone 12 lineup and more, but those waiting for the first Apple Silicon Mac may have to be patient for a little bit longer.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman today reported that the first Mac with a custom Apple Silicon processor will be announced as part of “another launch” in November. Gurman said…
Amazon will kick off Prime Day 2020 tonight at midnight, and the event will introduce hundreds of deals through Wednesday, October 14. To add on top of the two day event, Amazon has even begun introducing early offers on AirPods, iPads, Kindles, Echo devices, Ring products, and more.
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Monday October 12, 2020 9:37 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple believes the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will outsell the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini and the more expensive 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max, according to shipment estimates shared in an investor’s note today by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
According to Kuo, Apple’s estimated shipment allocations for the new iPhone models are as follows: 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini – 20 to 25%
Thursday October 8, 2020 1:43 pm PDT by Eric Slivka
While Apple has launched its new iPhone lineups annually in September for many years now, the timing is a little different in 2020 thanks to development and production delays due to the global health crisis.
Apple did hold a September event in 2020, but it involved Apple Watch and iPad announcements rather than addressing the iPhone. With Apple now ready to introduce the iPhone 12, the…