Spotify is ready for your post-quarantine dance parties. The streaming music service on Monday introduced Group Sessions, a new feature that lets two or more Premium users share the DJing responsibility.
Look for the “connect” icon in the bottom left of Spotify’s play screen—the same one you use to transmit tunes through a Bluetooth speaker. One person acts as “host,” distributing a scannable code to guests, who can then play, pause, skip, select, and add tracks to a shared playlist.
Still in beta, the function requires everyone to have a Premium account, which costs $9.99 per month for an individual, or $14.99 per month for a family plan (up to six users). Whether you make beautiful music together or launch a civil war between family and friends, Spotify plans to “continue to evolve the [Groups Sessions] experience over time based on user feedback,” it told The Verge.
The company has been rolling out loads of new features over the last year, hoping to entice more customers to sign up and tune in. Last summer, it introduced a Pandora-esque Stations function, followed by a Daily Drive personalized playlist and more ways to find music and podcasts. Love movie soundtracks? Tap into the Disney Music Hub, which covers everything from Frozen to Star Wars to Marvel. An ad-free kids app arrived last month with more than 125 hand-picked playlists for children ages three and up.