I own and use a 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar as my everyday machine, and I had a mixed opinion about the Touch Bar when I first reviewed it. But things have changed for good, especially with Spotify’s Touch Bar integration - which makes that tiny touchscreen so much more useful.
Remember Martin Hajek? Back in June, four months before the release of the new MacBook Pro, he made amazingly accurate renders of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Some of the renders included Spotify controls on the Touch Bar. And ever since I’ve gotten my MacBook Pro, I’ve been waiting for Spotify to make their app support the Touch Bar. The good news? It’s finally here.
The way it works is very straightforward. Within the app itself, all standard controls appear on the Touch Bar. I like that the search button is there too, as I can tap that and type in a song without needing to use the mouse at all. The best part, however, is a mini scrubber that is accessible on tap in whatever app you are using. It also includes a shortcut to the Spotify app.
Now, I don’t consider this to be perfect. The Touch Bar isn’t as customizable as Hajek’s rendered it, which means the design of the interface is barely similar. The worst part is that although I can scrub through the song, I cannot read the name or artist of the song right in the Touch Bar - gotta blame that on Apple.
Still, Spotify did a good job with the Touch Bar integration, and in many ways did it better than Apple itself. For example, iTunes on the Touch Bar doesn’t have the shuffle or search buttons that I actually use pretty often. Then again, it depends on what you really want as a shortcut.
The Touch Bar has a long way to go, but I’m happy that app developers are taking it seriously.
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