Spotify Connect was announced in September 2013 as way to give users “effortless control of your music across your phone, tablet and now speakers with millions of songs built right in.” Spotify Connect devices started filtering into the market in 2014.
Spotify Connect is one of several competing methods enabling you to listen to music on your phone through a stereo system. Others include Bluetooth, Apple’s AirPlay and Google Cast.
The biggest difference between Spotify Connect and Bluetooth is that Spotify uses higher-quality Wi-Fi connectivity, which is less susceptible to dropouts, sounds better and has a much wider range.
Spotify Connect lets you set up a connection between the hi-fi and the Internet so it streams music from Spotify directly, rather than via the phone. This means: you don’t run your phone down, it simply acts as your remote control.