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Is there any trick to use the Desktop version of Spotify’s browser-based web player on an iOS device (e.g. iPhone)? On a Mac you can access it for instance using Chrome at open.spotify.com/browse. On the iPhone however you'll always get an "Unsupported Browser" warning regardless on whether you try Chrome, Firefox or Opera.

According to my knowledge iOS is forcing those browsers to use Apple’s Web Kit, which is probably the reason for the incompatibility, due to the fact that Spotify has dropped Safari support long time ago.

Explicitly requesting the Desktop view via iOS’ share sheet (or using the Puffin web browser) gives you a slightly wider layout, but there’s still no login option and no full-fledged web player.

So the question is, whether there is any workaround!? Preferably with included support for uBlock Origin... ;)

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Try iCab http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icab-mobile-web-browser/id308111628?mt=8

It will allow you to set the "User Agent" of the browser to pretend that you are using a different web browser, so you can tell Spotify that you are using the "desktop" version of Safari on the Mac, or Firefox on the Mac, or even Chrome, etc.

You can check your browser's User Agent at http://ua.luo.ma/ too. If it says anything about "iPhone" then Spotify will probably give you the "Unsupported Browser"

  • Tried iCab with a Chrome Mac User Agent and do indeed see the Desktop version. The Web Player option however is still missing. It's looks as if there’s at least one other hurdle to gain access to Spotify’s Web Player on iOS, besides screen resolution. Likely some JavaScript magic. Loading open.spotify.com/browse with JS disabled shows among others the following script: open.scdn.co/static/web-player.55123017.js Any further ideas/suggestions? – Dr. Woo Apr 29 at 17:20
  • Unfortunately I have exhausted my very limited knowledge in this area. – TJ Luoma May 3 at 22:22
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The problem is that Safari on iOS does not support Encrypted Media Extension (a.k.a. DRM), so there is no way for Spotify to play the files without breaching license agreements.

Check: https://caniuse.com/#feat=eme

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