In a post on For the Record, Spotify has announced the latest version of its Group Session feature. While still in beta, the feature is evolving to allow “Spotify Premium users around the world to tune into the same playlist or podcast simultaneously.”
It doesn’t matter how far away you live from your family and friends, you can all now listen to Spotify together online. The content will sync for everyone, so you all know you’re listening to the same song (or podcast) at the same time.
Whether 6 feet apart or thousands of miles away, you and the members of your squad can now listen to the same content at the same time. Get started with Spotify’s Group Session. https://t.co/RlssRLGP9z
Everyone in the Group Session can control playback. Which means you can all play, pause, skip songs, and select tracks for the queue. This could lead to arguments, which you’ll have to have on a separate messaging app as there’s currently no chat feature available on Spotify.
To start a Spotify Group Session with friends online:
Open Spotify and start playing a piece of content.
Tap the Connect menu in the bottom-left corner.
Scroll down to Start a Group Session and tap it.
Share the invite link with your friends online.
For now, up to five people can listen to Spotify together in a Group Session. However, the feature is still currently in beta, and the music streaming service expects Group Session to evolve over time. So who knows, maybe one day you’ll be able to invite everyone you know to listen to cheesy pop music.
Other Ways to Listen to Music With Friends Far Away
While most of us will be happy to listen to Spotify alone through headphones most of the time, the Group Session feature is a nice option to have when you need some company. And if you don’t subscribe to Spotify Premium, here are some other ways to listen to music with friends.