Yesterday, Spotify announced that the music streaming platform will expand the feature list of its recently introduced Group Session mode. Notably, users can now share music with your loved ones remotely. This is a welcome feature from one of the biggest music streaming giants when people have to follow social distancing norms.
Group Session mode, which debuted back in May on Spotify, is a way via which users can share their playlists in real-time. Moreover, users can also control what's playing across the connected people's devices. To do this previously, it required people to be available at the same place, at the same time. But now, premium users can easily tune in the same playlist with their loved ones, without being at the same place.
The official post reads, "we’re taking Group Session one step further with brand-new functionality that allows Spotify Premium users around the world to tune into the same playlist or podcast simultaneously. So no matter the distance—whether six feet apart or a thousand miles away—you and the members of your squad can now each listen to the same content at the same time on your own devices (as well as control playback). Groups of two to five people can use this feature at once by sharing a “join” link via messaging apps or social media with each other."
Groups of up to five people can join the Group Session on Spotify
Besides, a group of two or five people can join the Group Session, remotely. They just have to tap on the 'join' link sent to them over WhatsApp or other messaging apps. The link can be accessed by simply pressing the 'Connect' button located at the bottom-left corner of the Spotify app's home screen. From here, scroll down and press the 'Start a Group Session' button to share the link to share with anyone you want to connect in the Group Session.
Besides, those who have received the link can tap on the link or scan the code to join the Group Session, remotely. Participants and the host can control the music, for instance, play, pause, select tracks from the playlist. Even joined participants can add their own music to the queue. Moreover, there is no lag when any participant makes changes to the group session. All the connected devices will reflect the change immediately.
However, Spotify users should note that this feature is still in beta and there can be some bugs present in this feature. Besides, more features will be added to this Group Session mode, over time.