Great Music Sharing Features Available On iPhone, iPad Today with Apple's iOS 11 Release, But Not If You Use Spotify
Starting Tuesday, iPhone and iPad users will be able to update their devices to iOS 11. It's a major update that adds augmented reality, improved images in Photos and Camera, a more useful Siri and a redesigned App Store. It also adds new options for music sharing, but they are only available to paying Apple Music subscribers.
Today's upgrade of Apple's mobile operating system to iOS 11 includes a feature designed to encourage the hundreds of millions of Apple device users to subscribe to Apple Music.
"Subscribers can create a profile and follow friends to listen to shared playlists and see the music they listen to most. Apple Music subscribers can also begin receiving notifications when friends follow them, new music is released and more - so they never miss a beat."
Is Spotify Next?
On social media, many iPhone users are hoping that music sharing will be extended to Spotify, as well. So far, there's no sign that's about to happen.
For their part, Spotify seems focused on music sharing via third party app integrations. Just yesterday, Spotify added integration with the iOS version of popular Google owned navigation and crowdsourced traffic app Waze.