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Spotify for bookworms, WhatsApp groups, and Apple’s personal finance

The Weekly App Roundup

1. Spotify
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Today’s Weekly App Roundup covers Spotify’s leap into the $5 billion audiobook industry, WhatsApp’s advancement in hosting up to 512 users within a single group, and Apple’s takeover of personal financing through their upcoming “buy now, pay later” scheme for Apple Pay.اضافة اعلان

It is all audio from here
During its 2022 Investor Day, Spotify made its aggressive targeting of the audiobook industry quite obvious.

Spotify’s founder and CEO, Daniel Ek, clarified the company’s ongoing acquisition of Findaway, a platform that allows authors to distribute their own audiobooks directly. However, it appears that Spotify’s goals stretch beyond that.

Different Spotify executives acknowledged that the model in mind is still “Freemium” — like its basic music streaming — meaning users can listen to books with ad breaks without paying.

This is the polar opposite of how an established audiobook platform like Audible operates, but it may be a fascinating disruption in an industry rife with unexpectedly pricey audiobooks.

Part of Spotify’s attraction to audiobooks is that they reportedly account for half of all the book industry’s sales, so there is clearly a piece of the pie to be had.
Different Spotify executives acknowledged that the model in mind is still “Freemium”.
32 was not enough: WhatsApp groups can now host 512 users 
WhatsApp recently expanded the maximum number of participants in a group from eight to 32. Now, that number is increasing to 512. Yes, you read that correctly.

And frankly, we believe if a person were placed in a group of 512 individuals, they would mute the chat immediately.

The option to add 512 individuals to a WhatsApp group entered testing in early May and has now begun to roll out to iOS, Android, and desktop users.

To receive the update, iOS users must be running WhatsApp 22.12.0.73 or later, while Android users must be running 2.22.13.10 or later. Users may have to wait 24 hours before receiving the update, so do not worry if you have not received it yet: Your 512 friends will simply have to wait.

WhatsApp is also rumored to be working on a beta version of its Android app that will allow users to export their WhatsApp backup from Google Drive. According to WABetaInfo, this functionality is being tested on Android version 2.22.13.11, and the backup will contain not just texts but photos, movies, and other forms of media.

It is unclear when this functionality will be available.

Time to go shopping with Apple’s buy now, pay later function
Apple Pay Later, as the name suggests, is Apple Pay’s “buy now, pay later” function. It divides the cost of any Apple Pay purchase into four payments spread out over six weeks.

This is now available on iPhones, iPads, Macs, or Apple TVs with Apple Pay. The function can make purchases at physical retail stores, mobile apps, and on the web using the contactless payment system.

Apple Pay is an integral component of Wallet, which is the mobile software where you may store digital versions of your credit cards, debit cards, and Apple Card to use Apple Pay and Apple Pay Later.
Apple Pay Later has no interest costs, making it perfect for those last-minute expenses you would otherwise be unable to cover.
If a store’s website or app accepts Apple Pay, you will be able to use Apple Pay Later with no extra charge. Apple Pay Later needs no integration from developers or businesses and works with the usual Apple Pay implementation.

When you use Apple Pay, you will be prompted to validate your identity using Touch or Face ID on your device. Once authenticated, you will be asked to pay for your item in full or pay later. Upon selecting the latter, you will see the amount due today and how much you will pay every two weeks.

Following the placement of your transaction, Apple Pay provides order tracking, allowing merchants to give you a receipt and tracking information right in Apple Wallet. Apple Pay order tracking will be available at “millions of retailers” through e-commerce platforms, starting with Shopify.

According to the company, Apple Pay Later has no interest costs, making it perfect for those last-minute expenses you would otherwise be unable to cover.

Apple Pay Later was showcased as a new iOS 16 function at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference. The free software update’s public beta will be released this summer, followed by an official deployment in the autumn.


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