Spotify Gains New 'Group Session' Feature With Shared Listening Queue

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Spotify today introduced a new feature called Group Session, which is designed to allow two or more Premium users in the same location to share control over the music that's being played.


Akin to a sort of party mode, Group Session lets participants select what's being played in real time along with contributing to a collaborative playlist.

Many people are sheltering in place right now and are stuck at home, and Spotify told TechCrunch that this feature is ideal for groups spending long hours together.

Group Session can be used after the person in charge taps the Connect menu in the bottom left corner of the Play screen, sharing the scannable QR code with additional users. Participants can each scan the host's code with the Spotify app, and then with Spotify's controls, they can play, pause, skip, and select tracks to add to the queue.

Spotify already offers a feature for building collaborative playlists with friends, but this new option is designed for collaboration in real-time when people are gathered together. It supports up to 100 users.

Group Session is rolling out around the world for all Spotify Premium users as of today, but it is still being made available in a beta capacity, so Spotify plans to continue refining and tweaking it based on user feedback.

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25 weeks ago
Every time I see Spotify in the title my heart races... and then I realise it’s not about offline playback on the Apple Watch
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25 weeks ago
how about rolling out the lyrics features to the vast majority.
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25 weeks ago
Wasn't this an idea by Steve Jobs called iTunes DJ that Tim Cook axed?
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25 weeks ago
I love Spotify but I’ll never forgive them from removing touch preview - the greatest music discovery tool of all time. Efficient, fluid, and seamless. All they’ve ever said about removing it was “it wasn’t a widely used feature” which is horses**t because it was amazing. ?
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25 weeks ago


random, does Apple Music let you control music on one device by another device yet without interrupting whatever you are doing on that device (like Spotify Connect). Last time I tried AM it would bitch and stop the music. I was like WHAT

No! Forever Spotify users have no clue what an awesome and seamless experience Spotify Connect is! I use it every day across many devices and I still take the time to appreciate it every time. It's just so easy and useful, you don't even realize it's a "feature".
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Every time I see Spotify in the title my heart races... and then I realise it’s not about offline playback on the Apple Watch

omg, my kingdom for offline playback on Apple Watch!
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