Finally, and to the delight of many of us, Spotify has launched a version of its app for iMessage. Though, this was done quietly and without raising much dust, many users will come to accept this as one of the best steps the company has taken in recent time.
With the new Spotify app for iMessage, you can now easily share tracks with friends, without leaving the chat app. It also put an end to copying-and-pasting links, TNW reports.
In case you already have the Spotify app for iOS installed on your phone, you can simply switch on the new Spotify iMessage app from the iMessage App Store. However, you may now need to do that if you already have your settings configured to automatically enable all new iMessage apps by default—and in that case, you can start using the app.
The downside of course, is the fact that the new app is pretty limited—and especially won’t let you share what you are listening to, or allow you to easily access your recent tracks. Adding an iMessage version of its app is not a bad idea after all; the new app lets you share 30-second snippets of individual songs from Spotify’s song library.
Give it to Spotify for coming up with this smart idea; of course, the features are pretty limited, but it’s a brilliant idea because adding too many steps before you can share a song can be annoying sometimes.
Confirming the launch of the new app to TechCrunch in a statement, a Spotify spokesperson said:
“Spotify’s iMessage app is available now, allowing users to quickly search for and share music with friends directly from iMessage. It’s the latest way in which we’re empowering users to share music with friends in a fast and fun way.”
Recently, Apple added the ability to send and receive money on iMessage, and this came as part of iOS 11. Aside from being able to send and receive money on the chat app, you will also be able to spend the balance via a virtual Apple Pay card.
Apple integrated the new feature into iMessage as an app, which will basically allow you to request payment with your contact with a single tap. Most importantly, the feature will show up a notification when someone says “you owe me $10” and will automatically prompt you to pay your debt.
Integrating Apple Pay into iMessage will come as a big competition for Venmo; a company that has been offering similar service to users of the chat app for a while now. However, Apple seems to have the upper hand considering the fact that it owns iMessage as well as Apple Pay.
What this means is that, every iOS user will now be issued with a virtual card, which of course, will hold the balance of whatever is left from any payment made. Balance left, according to Apple, can be used to make payment anywhere Apple Pay is accepted. You can also cash out any balance on your virtual card to your bank account.