Sweden-based music streaming website Spotify has started testing a new feature called ‘Social Listening’. As the name suggests, the feature enables multiple users to add songs and make playlists in real time. However, as of now, the feature is only being tested by the employees of the company and there is no word on whether it will roll out to the app’s over 100 million users across the globe.
Renowned reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong tweeted this week, “Spotify is working on ‘Social Listening’, letting friends to control music together with their own devices. Scan Spotify Code or open link for it to begin.”
Along with his tweet, Wong also shared song screenshots of the Android version of the app that shows the screen set-up ready to let users scan each other codes. The option of sharing a link to create a shared queue can also be seen.
Spotify is working on Social Listening, letting friends to control music together with their own devices
Scan Spotify Code or open link for it to begin
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) May 31, 2019
In a statement to technology website TechCrunch, Spotify said, “We’re always testing new products and experiences, but have no further news to share at this time.”
We should also mention that earlier this month, the Sweden based company revealed that it is working on its first ever hardware – a voice-controlled music and podcast player called ‘Car Things’. As the name suggests, the upcoming player is aimed at cars. The test of ‘Car Things’ will be limited to the United States and the company will invite a select few Spotify Premium users for it. The company has also stated that it does not have any plans to launch the device for consumers in the near future.
It has also been revealed that the device can be plugged into the vehicle’s 12-volt outlet for power and it can now be connected to a person’s car as well as Bluetooth at the same time. The test is meant to include a small group of people and hence, some premium users would receive the device for free.
In an unrelated piece of news, Spotify has released a list of the most discovered artists by ‘Gen Z’ in India. According to Spotify, the 18 to 24 years old listeners in India are discovering music which is not just limited to the Western and pop, but they are also expanding their taste in music by listening to K-pop and EDMs. Spotify also states that 18 to 24 years old listeners are the largest Spotify listeners on a global scale with more than 34% of overall listeners.
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