Originally Posted by jdsmoothie
All older (ie. non-HEOS) models received a firmware update to remove the on board Spotify.
Note also that blaming SU/Marantz/Denon is like blaming your travel agent whom you booked airline tickets through because the airline decided to cancel the flight.
In that case, my travel agent would find another flight or give me the cash value of the ticket in compensation.
Analogies aside, I do see that this is really Spotify driven, so I will recant my rant on SU/Mz/Dn.
However, I think there is some conflation of issues here which has confused me. And I thought the original question was in regard to Spotify Connect not working, not the Spotify App. I believe these are 2 different things.
Please correct me if any of this is wrong.
1) The Spotify App has been removed through a firmware update. This was a built-in app on the SRx010 that did not require using a remote control device (other than the AVR remote). I never used it or had any interest in it.
2) Spotify Connect still works over Wifi. When used with a remote control device (e.g., Android phone/tablet) music is streamed directly from Spotify to the AVR. In other words, the audio stream is not being streamed from Spotify to Android/iPhone and then streamed to the AVR.
3) Until recently, Spotify Connect required a Spotify Premium subscription to work. I do have premium and its still works on the latest firmware (I disabled bluetooth just to make sure).
4) Spotify recently opened up Spotify Connect to non-premium accounts. However, this requires a firmware update on the AVR that supports a new Spotify Connect SDK. I do not know if the SRx010 has that update. If not, non-premium accounts will not be able to use Spotify Connect.
Bottom line, the Spotify App is gone. Spotify Connect still works for Premium subscribers. I am unsure if it works for non-premium users.