Spotify is one of the most popular means of streaming music these days and it shows no signs of slowing down. The company continues to improve its audio experience, from making podcasts a priority to adding standalone Chromecast support to the desktop app. Now we learn about a number of features that seem to be in the works, including karaoke capabilities and group sessions to make it easier to jam with friends.
These works in progress have been revealed in a series of tweets by serial feature uncover-er Jane Wong. The batch’s funniest feature currently in the works is definitely Karaoke Mode, which appears to display synced lyrics while allowing users to adjust the volume of vocals on the track — depending on how much of a solo they wish to sing.
Group Sessions are also being experimented with allowing users to connect to audio devices such as speakers on the same Wi-Fi network. Spotify has always been the best service when listening to multiple devices, and now you can share your devices with friends, too.
Changes in car mode
Car mode is another experience that could soon get big changes. The in-car UI has a new home screen that features larger imagery and a redesigned navigation bar. A banner appears at the top, letting users know they can control the playback by speaking to the Google Assistant. There is a refreshed Now Playing design being worked on when listening to a track in Car Mode that has big round buttons near the bottom to give quick access to shuffling and voice control.
Several other tweaks are also in testing, such as allowing free users to listen to songs offline for up to 30 minutes a day. There’s a new playlist option called Auto-refresh that allows the playlist to update with new songs automatically while keeping the ones added manually.
Podcasts on Spotify may not be the cup of tea for everyone, but the company continues to improve on the experience with a new section on Your Episodes in the library, where users can save episodes. Finally, there’s a new animation being tried out for liking songs. It looks a bit too lively blown up big but I guess the actual app will look better.
Spotify has never been my music platform of choice but many subscribers should find these improvements and additions helpful. The company’s clearly serious about sticking to rivals like Apple Music and YouTube Music. Shoot, the company even optimized last month’s app for Chromebooks and Android tablets — that’s a dedication the YTM team should be copying.