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A number of older speakers have lost built-in Spotify streaming

One of the reasons so many people flock to Spotify is because of its wide availability on a number of different platforms. Even if you own an iPhone, have a Google Home Speaker, and prefer to use Amazon Fire TV while browsing the web on your Chromebook, there's a Spotify app to use to ensure you're never without your music.

In addition to the above gadgets, a number of connected speakers have allowed you to stream Spotify tunes throughout your house without the need for a smartphone. This is something that's been around for quite some time, but it's now being axed.

Spotify announced a few months back that it'd be doing this, but it just recently started to impact users. Essentially, if you own speakers from Pioneer, Yamaha, Onkyo, Denon, Marantz, or Bang & Olufsen that have previously allowed you to stream Spotify directly from them, this functionality is being removed.

Why is this happening? In an email that Spotify sent to The Verge, the streaming service says:

We updated our backend platform, so that means Spotify Connect is no longer integrated into some older generation speakers and TVs. In some cases, manufacturers can update their firmware to be compatible with the new platform.

Users can keep listening to Spotify on older speakers by plugging in their phones, connecting over Bluetooth, or buying a Chromecast Audio, so while this isn't the end of the world, it's still not a joyous occasion for folks that are now having their speakers neutered of preexisting functionality.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

9 Comments
  • What do they mean by "older" generation? I think they'd have lost a customer for life if I was an affected user depending on how old we are talking here. As much as manufacturers want to force it onto us some things are not a yearly purchase for people and speakers are one of those things.
  • Yes! This is a huge bummer. Wouldve been totally pissed off if I ought an older model on the cheap - thinking the software, that too a speaker of all the things wouldn't lose support in this way. I'd prefer a dumb speaker at this rate. They'd put a smattering of smarts in all devices, only to make it obsolete soon! #PlannedObsolescence
  • This happens all the time in the SaaS business. Only difference here is that it's affecting a consumer product as opposed to a business centric offering.
  • What's the SaaS business?
  • Software as a Service
  • "In some cases, manufacturers can update their firmware to be compatible with the new platform." Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! That's a funny joke...
  • They weren't lying. Update is available for Denon, Marantz, and Yamaha:
    https://support.spotify.com/us/listen_everywhere/on_speaker/why-cant-i-u... I guess the joke's on you. 😸
  • I'd like to think that Spotify gave manufacturers that had this ability some warning, and directions on how to use the new back end. Clearly some of the bigger names (that you listed) had their devices setup to be able to be upgraded, and have done what they needed to to keep compatibility with the service. This is where the "cheap" manufacturers that sell devices with no after-sale support will be called out.
  • Same reason I'd also rather a "dumb" TV; much easier and cheaper to upgrade a device attached to it.