If you’ve ever felt frustrated trying to open a shared link from a music streaming service you don’t use, you’re not alone. But sharing Holly Humberstone’s next best song doesn’t have to be difficult. A new app, launched today (December 12), makes it easier than ever to share and play your favorite tracks.
Music match, developed by Patrick Hardy and Arthur Van Siclen, is a free app now available on iPhones running iOS 15. The app allows music lovers to open links of songs shared in Spotify or Apple Music within the app. You can also play song links using a Safari extension, without opening the MusicMatch app.
While the app looks pretty straightforward, we spoke to Hardy and Van Siclen to find out what motivated them to develop MusicMatch. Here’s what we know about this new music app.
How to use MusicMatch
MusicMatch is free in the App Store and available for download for devices running iOS 15. Copy the link of your song, album, or artist to your clipboard, then open the MusicMatch app. Select where the link will open, whether it’s Apple Music or Spotify.
A Safari extension will provide the same convenience, but in the Safari web browser. To enable it, go to Settings> Safari> Extensions> MusicMatch> Enable all websites> Enable MusicMatch.
Right now, only Spotify links that open in Apple Music will work with the Safari extension, but Hardy and Van Siclen are also working to make Apple Music links work in Spotify on the web browser.
Where does MusicMatch integrate on iOS?
As for the creation of the app, Van Siclen managed the design and development of MusicMatch while Hardy focused on the integration of Spotify, Apple Music and the Safari extension.
We asked them why they created the app in the first place.
âI clicked so many Spotify links, found the song or artist name, then searched Apple Music so many times. Every day. “Van Siclen explains. Every time someone sends me a link, I have to follow these steps. It’s expensive. I’m almost crazy to think about it now.
âArthur and I have been sharing music for years, but Arthur has always been on Apple Music and I have always preferred Spotify. We would go through the process by looking for a lead on the other’s service and then searching for that same content on another platform. Hardy continues. âWhen Apple announced that Safari Extensions would be available on iOS 15, we realized there was a way to make this process painless and automatic. We knew the pain firsthand and were sure it would be helpful for a lot of people who share music with their friends.
While the app is a simple way to open a music link, the two developers also discovered Safari Extensions on iOS 15 as another use case for MusicMatch.
âWhen we heard about the arrival of Safari Extensions on iOS, we quickly saw this as an opportunity to fix this problem once and for all. Van Siclen continues. âWe created the Safari extension, but knowing that extensions are kind of an esoteric and ‘pro’ thing to configure, we decided to make the application fully functional itself. It was a good decision – my mom was able to use the app the first time she needed it. “
Towards macOS and beyond?
It’s only the first day of the app launch, but Hardy and Van Siclen don’t stop there. As you will see music links shared with other devices such as a Mac, there are many use cases where MusicMatch can help you.
âYes, we designed the app with cross-platform apps in mind,â says Hardy. âWe would like MusicMatch to solve this problem, no matter where the customers are. Our iOS app is just the start.
âMusicMatch is coming to macOS soon as a Safari app and extension. It’s built with SwiftUI and offers great access to Apple’s modern cross-platform infrastructure. Van Siclen adds.
But if you only have one iPhone, both developers have planned a future update on iOS.
âWe’re also excited to add support for Tidal, YouTube Music, Pandora, and other popular streaming services. Van Siclen continues. âThe key goal that we have identified is to be reliable, so for the first few updates we focus on ensuring that MusicMatch does its job perfectly for everyone. “
Finally, we wanted to know if Hardy and Van Siclen were heavy music users on iOS.
âYes! I listen to jazz, and when we work together we put London Grammar, Javiera Mena, Kamasi Washington and a lot of transgender artists. Van Siclen explains.
âMusic has always played an important role in our lives. Hardy adds. âSharing inspiring music, songs to practice on the guitar or artists to learn with has always been at the heart of a rich and connected life for us. “