Those who use Apple’s Safari to stream music from Spotify would have to look for other options now. Those who try to access are being prompted to use a different browser or use the native Mac app.
Customer support of Spotify explained that recent updates were responsible for this incompatibility with Safari. The customer support forum explained that they always added and removed different features to make the user experience of Spotify ‘better overall’ but it is not sure whether or not this feature would return.
For now, Spotify is compatible with these browsers – Edge 14+, Chrome 45+, Opera 32+ and Firefox 47+. Safari is nowhere to be seen.
Although Spotify has been asked to elucidate this there may be a probable answer already.
Mac Generation thinks that this problem may have been because of Wivedine copy protection plugin. While Spotify wishes to use it to stream web-based music streaming but macOS will not allow it because of security concerns. The plugin doesn’t quite offer the security that macOS follows. Without proper access to Wivedine, Spotify would not be able to assure whether Safari would play the music smoothly even if it is possible technically.
The problem doesn’t quite seem to be a big one on Mac as it hardly takes any time to look and locate another app but it may be a problem if you are using Mac in office and are not permitted to install software of your own. This also explains as one of the risks of copy protection on the web, looks like it turns an apparently universal platform to a proprietary one where in order to get the full user experience one would have to support that particular company’s add-ons.
Safari has a share of 25.4% of all browsers but this is inclusive of all the mobile users who always have the choice of just using the app.
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