Spotify threatening developers over apps that transfer playlists to other services

Developers who provide the ability to transfer Spotify playlists to Apple Music, or other services, are reportedly being told their access to the Spotify SDK will be revoked.

As it continues to say Apple “threatens our collective freedoms to listen, create, and connect,” Spotify has allegedly begun notifying developers that they can no longer transfer playlists to other services. SongShift reports that it has been told to cease such transfers or risk losing access to the Spotify SDK.

“The Spotify Developer Platform Team reached out and let us know we’d need to remove transferring from their service to a competing music service or have our API access revoked due to TOS [terms of service] violation,” announced SongShift in a blog post.

“While this is not the news we wanted to hear, we respect their decision,” it continued. As of the next release, SongShift v5.1.2, Spotify transfers will end. “This update is a painful one to push out to you all. We hope to continue to be of help with all your other music transferring needs.”

Spotify has yet to comment publicly, and it is unclear why it would be enforcing this contractual condition now when its developer agreement has forbidden it since at least 2018. “Do not transfer Spotify Content… to another music service that competes with Spotify or the Spotify Service,” says Spotify’s developer agreement.

However, while SongShift appears to be the only developer to have formally announced this requirement, others seem to be preparing for it. A Google search on “Spotify Transfers,” for instance, reveals a similar notice from the TuneMyMusic service — although that same notice cannot currently be found on the company’s website.

Also, similar service FreeYourMusic said on Twitter that it will continue to do so, as “we use a different method

You Will Be Able To Transfer Pokemon From Go To Sword And Shield By The End Of The Year

We learned a lot of new details about Pokemon Sword and Shield’s upcoming Crown Tundra expansion during The Pokemon Company’s latest presentation, but that wasn’t all that was discussed during the video. Near the end of the broadcast, the company also reconfirmed that Pokemon Go compatibility is coming to Pokemon Home before the year is up, which means you’ll soon be able to move monsters you’ve caught in the mobile game into Sword and Shield.

The Pokemon Company didn’t pin down exactly when this compatibility will go live, but it did confirm that it’s coming before the end of 2020. Once it’s added, you’ll be able to transfer Pokemon you’ve caught in Pokemon Go directly to Pokemon Home, and from there into Sword or Shield (if that Pokemon appears in the Galar Pokedex). Previously, the only way to transfer Pokemon from Go to Home was through Let’s Go, Pikachu or Let’s Go, Eevee, but this only applied to Gen 1 monsters.

The Pokemon Company hasn’t yet detailed exactly how this transfer process will work, but there are a few caveats. First, the company notes that “certain special Pokemon” aren’t transferrable. This presumably applies to the costumed Pokemon that appear during events and other such monsters. Each transfer only works one way as well; any Pokemon brought from Go into Home cannot be returned to its original game.

There may be another wrinkle to the process. Serebii reports that the Japanese Pokemon support site mentions that transferring Pokemon from Go may cost PokeCoins. It appears that there will be a cooldown period after players transfer a Pokemon from Go to Home, and this period can be shortened by spending PokeCoins. It’s not yet clear how many PokeCoins this will cost.

If you do transfer a pocket monster over from the mobile

You’ll Be Able To Transfer From Pokemon Go To Sword And Shield By The End Of The Year

We learned a ton of new details about Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra expansion during The Pokemon Company’s latest video presentation, but that wasn’t all that was discussed during the broadcast. Near the end of the video, the company also reconfirmed that Pokemon Go compatibility is coming to Pokemon Home before the year is up, which means you’ll soon be able to move monsters you’ve caught in the mobile game into Sword and Shield.

The Pokemon Company didn’t pin down exactly when this compatibility will go live, but it did confirm that it’s coming before the end of 2020. Once it’s added, you’ll be able to transfer Pokemon you’ve caught in Pokemon Go directly to Pokemon Home, and from there into Sword or Shield (if that Pokemon appears in the Galar Pokedex). Previously, the only way to transfer Pokemon from Go to Home was through Let’s Go, Pikachu or Let’s Go, Eevee, but this only applied to Gen 1 monsters.

The Pokemon Company hasn’t yet detailed exactly how this transfer process will work, but there are a few caveats. First, the company notes that “certain special Pokemon” aren’t transferrable. This presumably applies to the costumed Pokemon that appear during events and other such monsters. Each transfer only works one way as well; any Pokemon brought from Go into Home cannot be returned to its original game.

There may be another wrinkle to the process. Serebii reports that the Japanese Pokemon support site mentions that transferring Pokemon from Go may cost PokeCoins. It appears that there will be a cooldown period after players transfer a Pokemon from Go to Home, and this period can be shortened by spending PokeCoins. It’s not yet clear how many PokeCoins this will cost.

If you do transfer a pocket monster over from the mobile

Free Pikmin 3 Deluxe Switch Demo Now Live, Lets You Transfer Progress To Full Game

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on Nintendo Switch at the end of this month, but players have a chance to sample the unique strategy game before then. During the latest Treehouse Live presentation, Nintendo announced that a free Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo is available to download from the Switch eShop, and you’ll unlock some things in the full game for playing it.

If you can defeat the final boss at the end of the demo, you’ll unlock the Ultra-Spicy difficulty in the full version of Pikmin 3 Deluxe right from the outset. Ultra-Spicy is a brand-new difficulty option for Pikmin veterans; it caps your Pikmin field limit at 60, making the experience much more challenging.

Additionally, Nintendo has confirmed that the Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo allows you to carry over your save data to the full game, so you’ll be able to pick up where you left off when it launches.

We learned a few other new details about Pikmin 3 Deluxe during the Treehouse Live stream. Nintendo confirmed that motion controls and pointer functionality will return as optional control methods. The company also showed off some new features being introduced in this Switch version, including the Piklopedia–which catalogues all the enemies you’ve defeated–and the new side story missions starring Olimar and Louie.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on October 30. You can learn more about the game in our Pikmin 3 Deluxe preorder guide.

That wasn’t all that we saw during the Treehouse Live stream. As advertised, the company

Free Pikmin 3 Switch Demo Now Live, Lets You Transfer Progress To Full Game

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on Nintendo Switch later this month, but players will have a chance to sample the unique strategy game before then. During Wednesday’s Treehouse Live presentation, Nintendo announced that a free Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo is available to download from the Switch eShop, and you’ll unlock some things in the full game for playing it.

If you can defeat the final boss at the end of the demo, you’ll unlock the Ultra-Spicy difficulty in the full version of Pikmin 3 Deluxe right from the outset. Ultra-Spicy is a brand-new difficulty option for Pikmin veterans that caps your Pikmin field limit at 60, making the experience more challenging.

Additionally, Nintendo has confirmed that the Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo allows you to carry over your save data to the full game, so you’ll be able to pick up where you left off when it launches.

We learned a few other new details about Pikmin 3 Deluxe during the Treehouse Live stream. Nintendo confirmed that motion controls and pointer functionality will return as optional control methods. The company also showed off some new features being introduced in this Switch version, including the Piklopedia–which catalogues all the enemies you’ve defeated–and the new side story missions starring Olimar and Louie.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on October 30. You can learn more about the game in our Pikmin 3 Deluxe preorder guide.

That wasn’t all that we saw during the Treehouse Live stream. As advertised, the company also showcased more of