Spotify Web Player No Longer Compatible With Apple's Safari Browser

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Spotify users on the service's Web Player have noticed that they can no longer listen to music in Apple's Safari browser, taking to Spotify's Community web page to discuss the incompatibility between Safari and Spotify's Web Player (via Mac Generation).

    In a post published about the topic yesterday by user riegelstamm, it was pointed out that Spotify's system requirements page listed Safari 6 or higher as a supported browser for the Web Player. As of today, that same page has been updated and any mention of Safari has been removed, now only including Chrome 45+, Firefox 47+, Edge 14+, and Opera 32+.

    When users visit the Spotify Web Player on Safari, they receive the message, "This browser doesn't support Spotify Web Player. Switch browsers or download Spotify for your desktop."


    The same poster contacted Spotify customer support, which responded with a confirmation of Safari's removal from the Web Player's supported browser list.
    Riegelstamm further dug into the details of the Web Player, discovering that the discontinuing of Safari support might have something to do with Google's Widevine media optimizer plugin, which Spotify requires for music streaming on the web and Apple opposes due to potential security issues.

    Instead, Spotify encourages users to download the compatible Mac app, or switch over to a supported browser. Although the lack of Safari support in the Web Player might be temporary, Spotify customer support told users that it "can't say if or when any specific features will be back."

    Article Link: Spotify Web Player No Longer Compatible With Apple's Safari Browser
  2. RCS31 macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    You have to ask yourselves, what technologies does chrome support that safari doesn't and why does safari not have those technologies?
  3. whitesaint macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2010
    Wow, Spotify is stupid; I'm sure there's a lot of people (like me) that would rather just switch to another music service rather than give up the power efficiency of Safari.
  4. joewhite macrumors newbie


    Jun 16, 2011
    But if you change the user agent to iOS, it works fine
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009

    Its more like Apple's loss because of people want to use Spotify they'll just use chrome.
  6. LewisChapman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2015
    ..or people will look at an alternative streaming service.

    For a lot of music fans the only difference between these services is their accessibility.
  7. Mascots, Sep 8, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017

    Mascots macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    It literally says it in the article:
    To be fair, Spotify does have a slick app.
  8. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Freaking Tower of Tech Babel. All these pissing matches and the consumers are the ones that end up all wet.
  9. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    Spotify's compatibility with various desktops and mobile has always been their strong point. I hope they can provide a solution in order to remain king of the music streaming services as it is preferred even over Apple's service.
    I am still using their desktop client on my PowerBook G4 & Power Mac G5. I'll have to check tonight to see if it is still working.
  10. djeeyore25 macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2014
    New York City
    Spotify still supports more web browsers than Apple Music.
  11. bellang macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Or you’d just install the desktop client and continue to use safari and Spotify
  12. diegov12 macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2015
    Mostly, google technology.. Like vp9.
  13. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Confused, because WideVine's website clearly states that they support Safari on Mac OS X. Yet when you go to install it, it's only installed for Chrome. Guess Google hasn't updated their WideVine list of supported browsers? Was support removed at some point?

    --- Post Merged, Sep 8, 2017 ---
    I see this as a non-issue for most people, since using Chrome alongside Safari is dead simple, PLUS they provide a desktop app. The only users this would affect would be those that only have Safari installed and don't have sufficient permission on the computer to install anything else.
  14. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    This issue shouldn't affect your desktop client. It only affects the web player via Safari.
  15. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    I am happy as long as the Qobuz app keeps working on BB10.
  16. revfife macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2006
    In a far country
    And this is why Spotify will still be my number 1 music player. I want access on all my devices (from my iPhone to my roku to my desktop at work to my Echo in the kitchen)

    Apple doesn't understand the microcosm of music. People don't want it walled into a private garden that you can only access with a handful of devices.
  17. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    Wow, just wow.
  18. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    That's silly, dropping a streaming service because it doesn't run on Safari? Most people will be willing to drop a browser then a streaming service.

    This is more true for web browsers, i.e., Chrome offers more compatibility and features then Safari, so people will be more willing to drop Safari
  19. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    Is using the native app not practical for you? Honest question, as I generally prefer native apps on the Mac.
  20. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2008
    I'm still waiting for their Apple Watch app..
  21. mattynat macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2017
    Fortunately, you don't need to be an admin to use Chrome. Just mount the downloaded DMG and run off of that!
  22. DaveMcM76 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2012
    Yeah because all of the millions Macs / Windows PCs that can run recent versions of iTunes, the however many hundred million iOS devices and countless other Android devices - you do know Apple Music is available on Android right? - is definitely only a "handful" of devices...
  23. xero9 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2006
    If a Spotify is a die-hard Safari user, Spotify risks that user paying for another streaming server.

    If a die-hard Spotify user decides to switch to Chrome, Apple doesn't really lose any monetary value.

    This is a lose-lose for Spotify IMO.
  24. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    This is strange. I think most people have the app anyway so no big deal.

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