Music fans have been calling on Spotify to bring the Friends Activity sidebar to mobile from the desktop version in what seems like a lifetime, and now it looks like they’re about to get their wish.
As of now, this feature, which allows you to see what your Spotify friends or Facebook contacts are currently streaming, is somewhat inexplicably not available on the Android or iOS mobile versions of the app.
But now it looks like the functionality is finally ready to be finally available to music lovers.
Originally “Spotted” by Hashtag Inventor and All Round Tech Icon Chris MessinaThe streaming service appears to be testing a new Spotify “Community” tab for mobile devices, which offers a broadly similar experience to Friends Activity, showing your friends and Facebook contacts in real time. What music are they streaming as well as what playlist they are watching. ve recently updated.
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Interestingly, the test area can be accessed by anyone with an iOS device. If you want Mooch to be around you and have an iPhone or iPad, just type “spotify:community” into your Safari address bar.
Spotify’s rise wasn’t shaped in the way it did to match well with emerging social media platforms like Facebook at the time, which encouraged the sharing and editing of playlists. It meant Spotify was To get the streaming service, because you couldn’t hear what was being shared everywhere otherwise. This was its biggest win, and initially failed to match rivals such as the Tidal, leaving them behind in popularity.
The recent addition of “Blends” as well as this new community feature to mobile apps — a tool that allows you to create new playlists with friends based on both of your music tastes — aimed at Spotify’s motivator early on. Shows something of a comeback in discovering music through the habits of listening to your friends.
Let’s just hope that Spotify moves with the times and allows the community to engage with other social networks beyond what is now pain-free Facebook, otherwise we’re all likely to come across some brand new bangers instead. Your uncle’s Boomer Britpop mix.
The return of great social features may be exactly what Spotify needs, in an era where it doesn’t feel such a good value compared to its rivals these days.