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There are sites that sense the iPad is a mobile device. For example, Spotify. It will refuse to play in an iPad browser, while it works just fine on a laptop. It appears to be sensing what browser is in use, as do many sites that push a mobile version instead of the standard site.

Is there any workaround for this?

Additional note - Thanks for the answers so far. The desktop version requires Flash. This may kill the Spotify success, but great for sites that don't use flash, so I hope this Q&A helps others.

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Yes. Use a browser that allows you to change the user agent. Two examples are:

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If you already have Chorme for iPad, you can use its "Request Desktop Site" feature:

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Here's how it works on Android, I'm assuming it's very similar on iOS.

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Safari on iOS now has a request desktop site feature. Use that or view it on a browser that lets you change the user agent.

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