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Spotify is reportedly testing a “Social Listening” feature that will enable multiple people to control the same playlist.
Jane Manchun Wong, a prominent app researcher known for discovering unreleased features, revealed the new option in a post on Twitter last week.
Spotify is working on Social Listening, letting friends to control music together with their own devices— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) May 31, 2019
Scan Spotify Code or open link for it to begin
For example, I'm listening Spotify right now. Feel free to introduce me new music: https://t.co/f59D0sis7Y pic.twitter.com/nPOlcPwQdG
The feature allows a user to present others with a special code or link that enables them to add songs to a shared playlist. A Spotify spokesperson did not confirm or deny to Tech Crunch whether the feature was officially in the works or seeing the light of day anytime soon.
An image of the new option shows that a user will be able to see which accounts are connected to their playlist.
When connected to Spotify's Social Listening, you will show up on the "Already connected" list— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) May 31, 2019
The "Now Playing" UI will show the amount of friends listening
(friend's identity here replaced with mine for privacy) pic.twitter.com/Fo5rdH3xGO
Anyone connected to a shared playlist will even be able to control which song is currently being played. It’s a shared queue, but apparently not music that is synced live to multiple users.
The feature will also be available on Spotify’s website, giving users from across the world the chance to share and play music with friends.
Spotify's Social Listening will also be available for web— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) June 1, 2019
This is how the invitation prompt looks like in the Web Player pic.twitter.com/bCEcD3GkOd
Given how polished the feature appears to be, many have speculated that the option could be launched in the near future. But Social Listening is only available for Spotify employees and persistent tech experts like Wong.
The 23-year-old hacker also famously discovered inside details on Facebook’s new dating feature prior to the company revealing the user interface publicly.
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Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.