[Updated] Spotify Android 13 (API 33) media player support demanded by users: Here's the company's response

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on August 31, 2022) follows:

With the new API 33 available in Android 13, Google has made some new changes to its media player such as a bigger Play/Pause button that’s now separated from the Previous/Next buttons.

According to Google, the new media player design in Android 13 is inspired by its Material You theme.

Spotify Android 13 (API 33) media player support demanded

However, not every media player has so far adopted the new design, including leading names like Spotify. And now, some users are requesting Spotify to provide support for the new Android 13 (API 33) media player (1,2).

Spotify Android 13 (API 33) media player support
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In the new-look media player, when you’re listening to music, it spotlights album artwork and has a playback bar that dances as you progress through a song.

Simply said, when you are listening to a song on apps such as YouTube Music or Spotify, the cover art from the album will be showcased instead of the theme that we are used to now.

Here’s a Spotify-themed concept media player shared by a user.

Spotify media player

Google has released Android 13 for Pixel users but not every app has been optimized for the new media player just yet.

Google Podcasts, Chrome, YouTube Music, and YouTube are the only four apps that are currently optimized for the new media player. And now Spotify users want in the fun as well.

Official acknowledgment

As it turns out, this request has been marked as a new suggestion by Spotify’s team on the official forums and said that their staff will look into this idea once it reaches the necessary number of votes.


So, anyone that wants to see this feature get released soon should go and vote on the Spotify Community forum post.

As always, we will be updating this space as and when we come across more information so stay tuned.

Update 1 (December 16, 2022)

07:27 pm (IST): Spotify is now finally rolling out Android 13 media player support. However, it is currently limited to the beta app version and will be available for all users in the near future.

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Karanjot Sidhu

A computer science engineer who loves tech and won't stop talking about it. Apart from being a nerd, i love gaming and watching movies in my free time.