Spotify’s Group Session Feature Now Allows for Remote Listening Parties

    Back in May, Spotify launched the beta version of a new feature called Group Session, which allowed premium users to play, queue, and skip songs at the same time. But there was a catch: everyone in the group had to be within the same vicinity – a restriction that wouldn’t make much sense before social distancing became the norm, let alone now. Thankfully, the streaming platform has now announced that Group Sessions will let users host listening parties from anywhere in the world.

    Users can access the new update by tapping the Connect button in the bottom left of the screen and creating a “join” link that can then be shared via social media (up to five people can join a listening session). Previously, users had to scan a bar code, and so had to be in the same room to join the listening party.

    In addition to listening to music together in real time, members of a Group Session will also be able to pause, play, skip, select, and add new tracks to the shared queue. However, all users must be premium members to participate. As the feature is still in beta, however, more changes are expected in the future.

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    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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