Spotify is allow now are paying users to listen to music and podcasts with friends and family at the same time, even if they are not in the same location. Via the beta feature called Group Session, any premium user can generate a shareable link with up to five friends, who also have Spotify Premium, which allows them to stream content simultaneously.
Each person in the streaming group can pause, play, skip or select queued songs and they can also add their own choices. There is no chat feature, which means listeners have to rely on a third-party app to discuss the podcast or music with their friends. To host a session, premium users can select the Connect menu in the bottom left corner of their playback screen and scroll down to ‘Start a group session’. Once they tap it, they will receive a shareable link that they can send via social media or messages. The feature is still in beta, Spotify notes, but the company says it plans to “ evolve ” over time.
Group sessions were first launched in May as a tool for hosting personal parties. Hosts can share a Spotify code that their guests scan to join the party. The company has been building high-quality user features for years in an effort to encourage them to subscribe. This allows them to hide songs from playlists and has previously offered subscribers Hulu and a Google Home. This is another one to add to the list, and probably more to come.