You might have a lot of questions
That’s why we created a list of the most frequently asked questions we got while creating Festify.
Do I need Spotify Premium to use Festify?
Third party apps (like Festify) may only access Spotify’s music catalogue through Spotify Premium accounts. This is a limitation from Spotify we unfortunately have no influence over.
Which browsers do you support?
Festify supports all so-called ‘evergreen’ browsers. That is, every common browser except for Internet Explorer. Our personal recommendations are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari. But any other browser that is based on one of them (like Opera, which is based on Google Chrome) works just as well.
Playback is a separate topic: When playing music, Festify needs to interact with the Spotify Web Playback APIs, which have their own restrictions and caveats. Out of the box, you can play music in Google Chrome and Firefox on desktop devices. Android devices (as of April 2018) can also play music if you open Festify in the “Desktop Mode” of your browser. Spotify is currently working on making the playback APIs work even if you don’t use it. Safari is not supported at all, unfortunately, because it doesn’t support the DRM scheme Spotify uses. This also applies to all other browsers on iOS because they’re just Safari with a different branding. To avoid confusing users, we thus have hidden the “Create Party” button in affected browsers. When Spotify updates their systems to support Safari, we will update Festify to display the button again.
If you are interested in (expert only, very technical!) background information, please visit Spotify/web-playback-sdk#10.
Does Festify support Spotify Connect?
Not yet 🙉
We’re still working on integrating Spotify Connect, but at the moment it is not stable enough to be released. Stay tuned though, we’ll release it in the future.
What about Sonos support?
As we are very active Sonos users ourselves, we’d surely like to have that kind of functionality! Sonos is planning on opening a developer platform in 2018, which we hope, will allow us to finally provide Sonos support. We have applied for the closed beta already and are currently awaiting response / invitation.
Which music providers does Festify support?
Festify works with Spotify. We intend to add support for other music providers (like Apple Music or Deezer) in the future. Integrating a music provider, however, is a lot of work so we have no precise plans yet.
Can I set Festify to crossfade between tracks?
Festify uses the Spotify Web Playback SDK under the hood, and as such, we are limited to the functionality it provides. This includes crossfades. The Web Playback SDK does not currently support crossfading tracks and neither can we access the music data directly so that we could implement crossfades ourselves (as we did in the first version of Festify that was based on
libspotify, that is now defunct).
Once Festify supports Spotify connect playback, however, you could set Festify to control the Spotify Desktop application, and that does support crossfades.
Where can I ask questions or report bugs?
We’re trying to answer each request as quickly as possible.