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Spotify adds long-overdue iPad multitasking

Just as the iPad is becoming more of a computer substitute.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
July 17, 2019
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Spotify has been available on the iPad for several years, but it hasn't really evolved to take advantage of the Apple tablet's growing multitasking abilities. You've still had to switch to a full-screen view just to start a new playlist or see what friends are playing. At last, though, it's getting more respect. Spotify has stealthily updated its iPad app with support for multitasking modes like Slide Over and Split View. You can keep tabs on an album while you're reading the artist's bio on the web, or browse podcasts without disrupting your group chat.

In a sense, this is almost necessary. Apple's upcoming iPadOS is considerably more focused on multitasking and otherwise doing a better job for those who treat their iPads as computer replacements. Spotify's changes should help its app fit into that environment and reduce the temptation for listeners to switch to Apple Music or other services that are better-behaved on larger screens.

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