Since many years ago, Spotify has had some social tools that make it simple to share playlists with friends and even check out what your friends are listening to. But even though those functions have been around for a while, the mobile app has never offered them. Finally, Spotify is getting ready to add a Community feature that will bring friend activity to the mobile app.
To give some context, the Friend Activity window has long been a part of the Spotify desktop app for Windows and macOS. When that tab was active, you could see what your Facebook or Spotify friends were doing on the service and listen to the music they were enjoying. Although not everyone like the functionality, there is undoubtedly a lot of potential for enjoyment.
The fact that the majority of features for Spotify buddies were not available on Android or iOS was perplexing because of this. However, that will soon change.
Spotify Community is a development of the desktop app’s Friend Activity and is currently in testing.
This new tab, which has been confirmed to TechCrunch as being in development, compiles changes to collaborative playlists you are a part of as well as updates to public playlists you are following and your friends’ listening behavior.
Prior to Spotify confirming its existence this week, Community was initially discovered on by Chris Messina on Twitter earlier this month.
Your friends’ most recent music picks or what they’re currently streaming will be displayed, and if they’re actually listening, an animated equalizer will appear next to their name.
There is a workaround to access Community on iOS even if Spotify has not yet made it available to everyone. The page loads when you type spotify:community into the Safari browser, but it isn’t yet completely functional. For example, it should be noted that clicking on songs does not initiate playback.
It will be interesting to watch if this fresh focus results in greater social support within Spotify since many of the social elements of the service still rely on Facebook to function.
Notably, Spotify publicly shot down user requests despite thousands of customers expressing interest in the notion for just this kind of functionality in its mobile app back in 2019.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Spotify changed its mind regarding future plans.
The Spotify app for Android began testing a swipe to queue gesture earlier this year, even though Spotify had previously stated that it wasn’t in the plans.
Less than a year before the feature’s launch, Spotify stated that adding offline playing to its Wear OS app was practically impossible.
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