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Last year it was announced that Spotify would be integrated with Facebook Messenger in which users will be able to search for songs on Spotify and share it with the person that they’re chatting with. Granted there are plenty of ways of sharing songs, this is one of the options afforded to Messenger users.
It was later announced that Apple Music would eventually get similar integration too, and it looks like that has happened. If you are an Apple Music user who would like to share his or her songs with their friends in Messenger, you will be able to do so. All users have to do is launch Messenger, tap the “plus” icon and add Apple Music to your conversation.
There is even an Apple Music bot where users can chat with the bot to ask it for recommendations for songs. Users will be able to ask for recommendations by sending it an emoji as well. Note that the Apple Music extension will work even for those without an Apple Music subscription, although in this case users will be limited to sharing 30-second clips versus full tracks if you were a subscriber.
Recently it was announced that Apple Music had crossed the 30 million subscriber mark, and with the integration with Facebook Messenger, we reckon it has the potential to convince more people to get on board.
There are plenty of tasks that robots are obviously ideal for, but there are some tasks or jobs that some might argue robots can’t necessarily replace humans, such as art-related jobs where creativity might not be a robot’s strong suit, but it doesn’t seem to have stopped people from trying.
Musician Nigel Stanford has recently put out his latest music video titled “Automatica”, in which it features Stanford and a bunch of robotic arms jamming together, in which the robots seem to pull off playing certain instruments with eerie precision. The robots were supplied by Kuka Robotics, a company based in Germany where they specialize in creating industrial robotic systems.
It seems that Stanford spent a good month in his garage teaching the robotic arms to play various instruments, such as the piano, strumming a bass guitar, and manipulating the turntables. The robots are also capable of playing drums, which on paper should be a cinch since sometimes the hand-eye coordination of human drummers aren’t alway so perfect.
According to Stanford, “I wanted to explore the concepts of robotics, the singularity, Artificial Intelligence etc. I also just thought it would be cool to see a robot explode a piano.” We doubt that robots will be taking over the role of musicians anytime soon, but if this video proves anything, from a commercial point of view it could be cheaper than hiring sessionists in the future.
When it comes to music streaming platforms, there are actually quite a lot of choices for users to choose from. However in terms of picking a favorite platform, it seems that one’s age might have a factor to play in that. A recent study conducted by consulting firm Fluent has revealed that Gen Z and Millennials are more likely to choose Apple Music over other services.
For those wondering, Gen Z has been categorized as those aged 18-24, while Millennials are those who are aged 25-34. The study found that those in the Gen Z age group represent a 19% subscription rate for Apple Music, versus the 17% on Spotify. Millennials represent 14% for Apple Music and 9% on Spotify, while those aged 35 or older only represent a 5% subscription rate for either platform.
Fluent’s study also found that the subscription rates for both Apple Music and Spotify are significantly higher than that of the competition. For example the next highest subscription rate for Gen Z would be YouTube Red which is at 10%, while Gen Z only represented 3% of the subscription rate for services like Google Play Music, 5% for iHeartRadio, and 6% for Pandora.
That being said while the study does show which age group might prefer which platform, it’s hard to deny that Spotify is still very much the market leader. The company has recently confirmed that their platform plays home to 60 million paid subscribers, which is higher than Apple Music where last we heard, had about 20 million paid subscribers.
There are many ways in which one can stream Spotify from, such as their mobile devices, computers, connected speakers and so on. Even on the computer, there are a couple of options, such as using the dedicated Spotify desktop app or streaming via their computer’s browser.
However it seems that if you are a user of Apple’s Safari browser, it looks like you will no longer be able to stream Spotify via the browser anymore, or at least for the foreseeable future unless something changes, either on Spotify or Apple’s end. This was initially discovered and posted on the Spotify forums by user riegelstamm, who complained that he/she was unable to use Spotify in Safari despite Spotify initially stating that browser playback was supported in Safari 6 or higher.
Spotify has since issued a statement on the matter and has confirmed that Safari support is no longer available (for now). “After taking a look backstage, we can confirm that after recent updates Safari is no longer a supported browser for Web Player. We’re always testing things by adding or removing features to make Spotify better overall. We’re sorry that this means you’re not able to use the Web Player like you could before. We can’t say if or when any specific features will be back. But as soon as we’ve got anything to announce, we’ll let everyone know via the Spotify Community.”
As iMore notes, the system requirements page for Spotify no longer lists Safari as one of the supported browsers, so macOS users who want to keep streaming via their browsers will have to rely on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or download the desktop app.