Did you get a new MacBook Pro? You may want the new Spotify, too

spotify macbook pro update
If you have a new MacBook, you ought to get the new Spotify to go along with it. Now that your machine has received a few upgrades, so too has your favorite music streaming software. The Spotify app for Mac now comes with a number of new features specifically designed for the updated laptop from Apple. Not only does it support the new Touch Bar controls (which you’ll find on the latest MacBook Pros), but it also integrates with the much anticipated AirPods.

First and foremost, the new Spotify experience for MacBook Pros hopes to mirror the iTunes experience about as closely as possible. You can use the Touch Bar to scroll through your music library, hit pause, play, or shuffle your tracks. Moreover, there’s a new volume slider located in the Touch Bar, which means that you can control how loud your tunes are independent of the rest of your computer’s sound.

There’s also a new feature specifically for AirPods — auto-pause. Given that it’ll probably take you and your ears some time to acclimate to wireless earphones, and your AirPods may pop out from time to time, you can rest assured that Spotify won’t keep going without you. Rather, whatever song or piece you’re listening to will be automatically paused when your AirPods come out (either accidentally or on purpose). Curiously enough, this wasn’t something Spotify actually told users about. Rather, it was something that a number of Spotify enthusiasts discovered on their own.

These latest updates will likely help Spotify solidify its reign in the music-streaming kingdom. While Apple Music is doing its best to catch up, it has only half the number of premium subscribers at 20 million (Spotify boasts 40 million).

If you’re looking to download the newest version of Spotify, simply head on over to the company’s site. Whether you want to pay for the service or not, you’ll still get these new features (provided you have the hardware to go along with them).

Emerging Tech

Yamaha’s new app lets you tune your motorcycle with a smartphone

It used to be that if you wanted to tune your motorcycle’s engine and tweak its performance, you needed specialized tools and even more specialized knowledge. Yamaha’s new Power Tuner app changes that.
Music

The best new music this week: James Blake, Maggie Rogers, and more

Looking for the best new music? Each week, we find the most compelling new releases just for you. This week: James Blake, Maggie Rogers, Deerhunter, Juliana Hatfield, Pedro The Lion, Sharon Van Etten, Steve Gunn, and Toro y Moi.
Computing

Watch out for these top-10 mistakes people make when buying a laptop

Buying a new laptop is exciting, but you need to watch your footing. There are a number of pitfalls you need to avoid and we're here to help. Check out these top-10 laptop buying mistakes and how to avoid them.
Photography

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone…
Music

The best free music download sites that are totally legal

Finding music that is both free and legal to download can be difficult. We've handpicked a selection of the best free music download sites for you to legally download your next favorite album.
Music

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which service is the streaming king?

Apple Music is giving Spotify a run for its money, but which service is best for you? In our Apple Music vs. Spotify showdown, we compare and contrast all we know about the two streaming music services.
Home Theater

Mobile masters: Tidal’s better-than-CD MQA tracks come to Android

Audiophile-grade music tracks and streaming music services don't come together very often, and when they do, it's not always easy to find a device that plays them. That's no longer the case as Tidal's MQA tracks now work on Android.
Mobile

From true crime to comedy, here's our list of the best podcasts around

When you aren’t in the music mood, podcasts can be your ear candy. Whether you love to stay up-to-date on the latest news or want to know what’s happening in sports, you’ll find something on our must-listen-to podcast roundup.
Mobile

Music junkie? Here are the 24 best music apps for consuming and creating tunes

We rummaged through the iOS and Android app stores to find the finest mobile music-creation and music-consumption apps in existence. No matter if you're on Android or iOS, here are the best music apps.
Home Theater

Mobile audio gets an upgrade thanks to new Sonarworks apps

Sonarworks is used by audio engineers around the world to get more accurate sound from their headphones. Today, the company launched Android and iOS apps for the same ability on mobile devices.
Computing

Don't use streaming apps? Try the best free media players for your local music

Rather than using music-streaming apps, you may want something for playing your local music. Good news! There are some good alternatives. These are the best media players you can download for free on Windows.
Music

Tidal faces legal jeopardy over fake stream numbers accusation

In another challenging chapter for music subscription service Tidal, Norwegian authorities have begun a formal investigation into charges that the company faked millions of streams for artists such as Kanye West and Beyoncé.
Computing

Don't spend hundreds on Pro Tools or Logic. Try one of these free alternatives

Believe it or not, Pro Tools isn't the only digital audio workstation worth your time. Check out our picks for the best free recording software, whether you're looking for a lightweight app or a full-blown audio workstation.