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Youtube and Spotify Deny Apple Vision Pro Access

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Apple Vision Pro won’t be launching with new apps from YouTube and Spotify. Instead, YouTube suggests using the Safari web browser to enjoy its content on the device.

Apple Vision Pro
Apple Vision Pro

As for Spotify, they don’t expect their iPad app to work on the Vision Pro, but you might still be able to access Spotify through a web browser. It seems like these companies have chosen to prioritize web-based access rather than developing dedicated apps.

Apple Vision Pro Compatibility with YouTube and Spotify Apps

Just like Netflix, both YouTube and Spotify have made a similar decision regarding the upcoming Apple Vision Pro mixed-reality headset. They have announced that they won’t be launching new apps specifically for the Vision Pro. In fact, YouTube mentioned that they have no plans to develop a dedicated app and instead, they will recommend users to access their content through the Safari web browser. As for Spotify, they don’t anticipate their iPad app to be compatible with the Vision Pro, but there might still be a way to enjoy Spotify by accessing it through a web browser. 

Just like Netflix, Spotify also has no plans to release a new app specifically for the Vision Pro’s operating system, visionOS. However, users might still have the option to access the music service through a web browser.

The fact that YouTube, Spotify, and Netflix won’t be available on the Vision Pro is quite significant. These are some of the most popular streaming apps, and their absence is a setback for Apple’s vision of the Vision Pro as a platform for video, games, and entertainment. It’s unfortunate that these major players won’t be supporting the headset when it launches on February 2nd.

It’s interesting to note that YouTube, which was originally preinstalled on Apple’s first iPad, is not available for the Vision Pro. This decision by YouTube and Spotify to not support the Vision Pro does raise some questions about their reasoning behind it.

Apps Available On the New Device

Even though these streaming giants are absent, there are still plenty of other entertainment apps participating in the Vision Pro launch, such as Disney+, Max, Peacock, ESPN, and Amazon Prime Video. Apple assures that the device will have access to over 1 million titles in its App Store, and preorders for the Vision Pro will begin on Friday.

Well, these companies might deny access to Apple Vision Pro for various reasons. It could be because they have existing partnerships or agreements with other platforms, or they may have concerns about data privacy and security. Each company has its own priorities and considerations when it comes to granting access to their services. It’s always interesting to see how different companies navigate these decisions.

It’s interesting to see that neither YouTube nor Spotify has provided specific reasons for not supporting the Vision Pro device. While Spotify’s absence on other headsets and its dispute with Apple may have influenced their decision, an anonymous source familiar with the matter mentioned that the Vision Pro decision is unrelated to the ongoing dispute.

Another point to consider is that other popular iPad apps like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp from Meta are also not currently set to work on the Vision Pro. However, there’s a possibility that this could change before the device’s launch, or developers may be planning dedicated versions for visionOS.

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Abdullahi Kafayat
Abdullahi Kafayat

Abdullahi Kafayat is an enthusiastic writer interested in the tech world. She's a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has a BSc in Chemistry. You can reach her at Kafayatabdullahi17@gmail.com.

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