A bug in the Spotify music streaming platform would currently prevent free users from streaming music to their certain Google Assistant-compatible smart speakers, such as the Nest Hub. From now on, only “Premium” subscribers would be able to use this functionality.
As 9To5Google reports, it looks like Spotify has quietly decided to withdraw the ability to stream audio using a free Spotify account on smart speakers and smart displays compatible with Google Assistant. Anyone who tries to use this feature should receive a “Premium only” alert, which will appear under the device it is trying to stream content to.
This issue comes a day after the announcement of Spotify HiFi, a new feature that will allow listen to music in CD quality later in 2021 for a few euros in addition to your subscription. Its arrival is not a surprise, since Spotify has been working on it since 2017.
Don’t panic, Spotify is not removing this feature
According to 9To5Google, who was able to speak with the American company, the removal of the distribution of content for free users is not voluntary. It would probably bea bug introduced by recent updates to the platform. Spotify is currently working on fixing it, but it looks like some users on iOS are still impacted. The Android version of Spotify would be fully operational again.
According to a spokesperson for Spotify, “ There are no plans to remove support for the free version of Spotify on devices with Google Assistant. “. If Spotify had really made the decision to disable this feature, the company would probably have pushed some of its users to migrate to other services music streaming competitors. Indeed, broadcasting to connected devices is one of the most popular features of the platform.
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If you are still experiencing this streaming bug, some users report thatit can be bypassed by adding Spotify in the Google Home app. You will then need to use voice commands to manage the streaming of music or podcasts to connected speakers and smart screens like the Google Nest Hub.
Source : 9to5Google
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