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The new version of Opera integrates Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music directly into the sidebar

There is a new version of the Opera browser for Windows, Linux and macOS that directly integrates music streaming services most popular today, such as Spotify and Apple Music.

The most recent update basically adds a music player to the Opera sidebar from where we can log into our accounts of those services without having to open a new tab in the browser.

Music plus messaging in the Opera bar


LThe sidebar of Opera has been integrating several messaging services such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger for a long time., and even Instagram or Twitter. From that bar we have direct access to the web versions of these apps so that we do not have to open them in separate tabs and that they are always at hand.

Opera now does the same with music services, which also integrate very well and do not take up all the space in the window. In fact, the player within Opera will pause automatically if you start playing an audio or video file in another tab, and then resumes automatically when you stop it.

If you use Chrome and want to change browsers, Opera is perhaps your best option

It is also not necessary to leave the current tab in which you are browsing to control the playback, you can use the multimedia keys on your keyboard, or you can use the mini controls that appear when you hover the mouse pointer over the Spotify or Apple Music (or YouTube Music) icon.

If you are one of those who use web versions of these music services (and podcasts), what Opera offers may sound very good to you, it is definitely more comfortable than switching between apps to control playback. And if you are not interested in the new function, you can always deactivate it and remove it from the bar.