YouTube, Spotify, Netflix Snub Apple Vision Pro

It appears that Apple Vision Pro, the upcoming mixed reality headset from Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), will be launched without the most popular streaming apps. YouTube, Netflix Inc, and Spotify Technology SA have all announced that they will not be developing apps for the device’s operating system, visionOS. 

Future users of this $3,499 device will still be able to access these video and music streaming services through a web browser. A report from Bloomberg also noted that YouTube and Spotify will also not allow Apple to run the iPad version of its apps on the Vision Pro. 

It’s unclear why the three companies are opting out of the device, but it may potentially impact how Apple is marketing the device as the “ultimate entertainment experience.”

MacStories also found that Meta’s (Nasdaq: META) Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp aren’t currently designed to be used on visionOS, but noted that this could change by launch or that Meta may be creating versions specific to the device. Meta also owns Quest, Vision Pro’s main competitor.

Other streaming apps, including Disney+, Max, Peacock, ESPN and Amazon Prime Video, will all be available along with Apple TV+, which competes with Netflix and Apple’s apps for music and podcasts, which compete with Spotify.

Vision Pro is set to launch on February 2 in the US, pre-orders will begin on Friday. 

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