By now, most of us have heard about the growing number of smartphone makers offering apps to stream music, videos, podcasts and more.
It’s an easy solution to stream audio, but the reality is that apps like these don’t do much to keep your phone connected to your PC or TV.
The problem is that they’re also a headache for smartphone makers, and many have taken the position that they don’t have the right to force you to use an app that could potentially compromise your privacy.
In response, a handful of tech giants have been stepping up their game with app stores.
This week, Apple announced its own app store, which offers a range of free, paid and premium versions of its popular Apple Music service.
Spotify, for instance, launched its own paid and free version of its own streaming music service in 2016, with a subscription option available for the $12.99 per month tier.
In a statement, Spotify CEO Daniel Eklund called app stores “an incredibly important tool for consumers to explore music and discover artists and content across all platforms.”
Spotify’s offering is limited to apps available for both iOS and Android, but it’s worth noting that Android users can download a full Spotify library to use on their phone or tablet.
And while the company says its app store offers access to over 40 million tracks, it only offers access on Apple’s platform.
While Spotify and Apple are doing well, there are still many other ways to keep apps connected to the internet and control your phone.
In addition to apps like Spotify, T-Mobile and Verizon have all introduced their own apps to manage phone data.
And if you’ve already started using your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot, you’re not alone.
For some people, the idea of a third-party app like iHome might not be such a bad idea after all.
In the meantime, the best bet for keeping apps on your phone is to use a third party app.
The only real downside to having an app like Spotify on your smartphone is that it can be intrusive.
If you want to stream video, you’ll have to switch to the new-fangled streaming service Hulu instead.