Spotify’s new Group Sessions feature lets you control a queue with your friends
12 May 2020, 12:18
Spotify's Group Sessions feature, which launched on May 11, will allow Premium users to control, skip, and add to a collective queue with their friends.
It's been mere weeks since we all went wild for Netflix Party, the new add-on that allowed us to stream along with our friends, and now music giant Spotify is following suit, with their aptly named new feature, Group Sessions.
The new feature, which was rolled out on May 11, will allow Spotify's 124 million Premium users to stream along with their friends and control one collective queue. We can already hear the arguments brewing over who added the Frozen soundtrack to the group listening party.
Just last week, the streaming platform launched a Listening Together campaign, which included a website that created notifications when two users anywhere in the world started listening to the same track at the same time, and Group Sessions is about to level that up.
PSA: Spotify has group listening sessions now 🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/5FKZoRGBgh— Pygmy Shrimp III (@vjrkrn) May 11, 2020
In order to use the new feature, you do need to be close to whichever user 'hosts' the listening party, as you'll need to be able to scan a barcode on their phone to gain access. All participants will then be able to add, remove, play and skip tracks in one collective queue, and the session will automatically close when the queue has been inactive for more than an hour.
The best part? Up to 100 users can be controlling the same queue at any one time, and we already know not a single song is going to make it the whole way through without drama ensuing.
Let the games begin.
Unfortunately given the current circumstances (thanks a lot coronavirus), not many of us will currently be able to use it, as it's designed for people to listen on a speaker together in the same room, and at present, you can't stream the queue from multiple homes - although people seem to be pretty excited about it anyway...
THERES GROUP SESSIONS ON SPOTIFY,??2?2!:!33! WE CAN STREAM SHIT TOGETHERJDJ pic.twitter.com/pS9yPewPUk— jada ✿ HS1 BDAY (@jqdqq) May 12, 2020
SPOTIFY GROUP LISTENING SESSIONS? APPLE MUSIC COULD NEVER, NOT TO MENTION SPOTIFY’S COLLAB PLAYLIST FEATURE. pic.twitter.com/7BevNgD4ej— HiiipHopHeads! (@HiiipHopHeads) May 11, 2020
spotify group sessions? i say everytime there's drama we just drown it out with mass spotify group sessions— kal⁷ (@koyachartdata) May 11, 2020
DID SPOTIFY RELEASE GROUP SESSIONS COMPLETELY KNOWING WE CANT BE IN GROUPS RIGHT NOW HOLD ON THIS IS FUNNY— Tiffany || nsfr || (@TYD0NTDY) May 11, 2020
Spotify group sessions is a gamechanger, where have I been all this time?!— Kirsty Allen (@brandnewkirsty) March 3, 2020
The post-lockdown parties are about to be seriously lit. Or chaotic. Choose your friends wisely.