Spotify: Music and Podcasts
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Free or Paid
Apple Watch Support
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8 people have recommended this app
I've not used this app myself, but I thought that I had read elsewhere that there were some accessibility issues.
My recollection was that there were problems on the 'What's New' screen, the search facility had a number of unlabelled controls, and VoiceOver didn't give clear feedback on the status of some of the toggle switches on the Settings page.
Have these issues now all been resolved?
I just tried the current version (0.5.2), and deleted it within 5 minutes.
In that time I encountered most of the problems mentioned above, and saw nothing that made me think the app was close to usable with VoiceOver. Or at least, not if you want to use the app in a meaningful way.
Many thanks for clarifying the extent of the problems with this app and for the workarounds.
Hrm no it's not free, I tried to play something and it said that in order to play I needed a premium subscription.. and when I go into radio, I only find a page with a heading level 1 and no content. So either not accessible or I just don't know how to use it.
What's New in Version 0.9.2
• New: Spotify is now free on mobile and tablet! Listen to all your favourite artists and playlists in shuffle mode on mobile, and play any song, anytime
• Fixed: We've asked many bugs to leave.
• Fictitious: This app likes twerking in libraries.
What's New in Version 1.0.0
New: Welcome to the best-looking Spotify ever. Check out our redesign! (iPhone and iPod Touch)
New: Browse now gives you even smarter playlists to suit your mood. (iPhone and iPod Touch)
Improved: Startup time. Blink and you'll miss it!
Fixed: More bugs and crashes.
Fictitious: This app has an extensive vinyl collection.
I am happy to say that version 1.2.0 of the app has improved accessibility quite significantly.
Thanks to Alan for pointing this out for us! It appears that the Spotify team have made some big improvements with in the latest release.
See what Alan had to say about the latest release:
Spotify 1.2 on iOS improved accessibility
What's New in Version 1.2.0
• New: Want to sync all Your Music for offline listening? Just go to the Songs tab. (Premium only)
• Fixed: More bugs asked to leave.
• Fictitious: This app was first discovered in 1806 by Sir Alfred J. Oxley.
Hey. When I try and load spotify with voiceover it quits. I got round this by getting my friend to load it with VO turned off. Everything worked fine as long as I didn't quit the app, but when I went to search the app quit because of voiceover again. Is this because I'm still on 3GS? Thanks.
What version of Spotify are you running? I recall it crashing a few versions back in teh search screen, when VO was used.
OK, guys, so, I just heard that the entire Spotify app is now free (?) for non-premium members.
How is the accessibility on the latest version of this app and
how much of the functionality is free and how much is still only available to premium members?
Can you access and share your playlists on Facebook and Twitter directly from the app for free?
Can you stream and share individual songs to Facebook and Twitter from the app?
Can you search for songs to stream for free directly from the app?
If so, how accessible are these functions?
These are the main things I'm looking for in the free version ofthe app.
The latest version of the Spotify app does appear very, very accessible, except...
AFter I search a song, and all the songs come up in the results, how do I actually play the song I ant? I can't seem to find the option to do so! I looked under the "context menu" but I can't seem to find a "play" button under there either. When I go to the album on which the track is listed, the only option I see is "shuffle play" and, when it tap that, it does just what it says; it just shuffles the tracks but doesn't necessarily play the one I want.
Can someone please help?
Hi, swipe to a particular song in the search results but then you may have to do a one finger tripple tap to get it to play. That was certainly the case for me when I first got the app yesterday but now a one finger double tap seems to work. Hope this helps.
Hi Guys! I'm an app developer, currently working on a custom Spotify player. I believe my app might be of interest to your community.
Would anyone who's using Spotify on iPhone with Premium subscription be interested to test my app?
I just updated spotify today and realized that the app layout is totally changed for voice over and It looks like a native apple application now. Totally awesome!
Also, please check this blog as the developer explains how he has fixed spotify's accessibility.
Has anyone who uses Spotify had a chance to test the latest version of the app to verify it is now accessible?
It would be very nice, indeed, for blind people to have Spotify as an alternative.
Hadi, that is great news and I love that blog article you had pointed to. That made for a great read and it is always awesome when you hear from the perspective of the developer of how they tackle on accessibility with their apps. This one made me smile and thanks for sharing this with us!
Deezer Music also is a great app.
very accessible and good usability.
even without a premium account, we are not prevented from hearing all categories of music.
search for bands and then listen to artists, albums, and playlists and much more ...
with only rare interruptions to remember a premium account.
try Deezer Music. you will like.
The app itself works well. I wish there was a way to shuffle artists like there is a way to shuffle songs from an artist if that makes sense.
@Darrell Shandro I have the app and I use it almost 24/7 and I can say that It's fully accessible right now. spotify used to be a huge mess when browsing artist pages and album lists, now It exactly feels like a native application.
@AnonyMouse I was also very happy to see that post. Spotify is a big company and they are based off a big network and app Infrastructure, I was excited to see a developer went straight up after accessibility and made their app framework completely accessible.
@jeff, what do you mean by shuffling artists? There's already the radio...
I like spotify, It is extremely active in the music genre that I like which is metal. I'd like to have a windows utility for quickly building and editting playlists, because currently it takes a lot of time if you want to do it by hand on the phone; although I think that is how sighted people also do it, making playlists by hand requires a bit of time.
For those who didn't realize, Spotify now has an incredible running feature. Go to the Browse button, find the Running jonre. Then select a playlist and start your run.
Once the playlist starts, you have two choices, you can actually begin running and the app will determine your current running pace and set your music bpm to that pace. You can also click the Skip button and then set your own running pace.
If you selected the Skip button, you are then presented with the screen to change to your preferred BPM. Simply double tap the Increase Tempo button or Decrease Tempo button to select your preference. Each double tap changes the BPM by five points and is announced by the app, as well. There is an indicator on the screen, directly above the Home button, where you can see your current BPM listed, too. If you have the app detect your personal running tempo for you, the previously described screen for selecting your tempo is still presented after the app concludes is detection of your steps.
Personally, this app has the nicest interface for setting a predetermined tempo that I have encountered. I couldn't be happier with the devs for taking such care in creating this feature. I hope that others enjoy this as much as I do.
@Hadi the radio is different though in that I'm assuming it plays the band after the station and bands similar to that band like other apps do. If after adding all the artists you like to your library if there was to shuffle music from all the artists you follow, or even a station that would play music based of the bands you followed.
Of course you can do that already, specially after the accessibility update.
first, go to the "your library tab". It's at the bottom of the screen, the fifth one, to the right.
Then, go to the top of the screen and you should hear, "your library heading". swipe to the right passed "settings", "profile", "playlists", "stations", and then you'll see, "Songs". double tab on that, and you'll see a page filled with all the songs that you've saved. there's a big shuffle play at the top of the screen.
One thing to remember is that these will show your saved songs, not followed bands. You can follow a band and not save any songs of them in your spotify account.
P.S I think the accessibility rating and the entry needs to change, spotify is now 100% accessible.
Well that sort of works if I go and save every song from every artist but that be alot. Ah well its still a cool app.
A lot of the home screen options just say button. The daily mixes, the playlist that you’ve played recently. Stuff like that. This just happened today.
I'm not seeing any issues after today's update.
Garibay, if you haven't done so already, you might want to close the Spotify app via the App Switcher, reopen the app, and see if this has resolved things.
If not, the next step is probably to delete and reinstall the app.
Good luck and keep us updated!