Spotify is rolling out a new feature called “Jam,” which will give friends a way to curate a single playlist on the service and listen to it together in real time. Participants in a Jam session can contribute tracks to a shared queue, which they can access whether they’re in the same room or in various places around the world. The audio streaming giant is rolling out the feature to both free and Premium subscribers, but only the latter will be able to start a session and invite others to join as its host.
Premium users can launch a joint listening experience by selecting a song or a playlist, and then tapping the speaker icon at the bottom of their screen or the three-dot menu at the top. From there, they can select “Start a Jam.” Housemates on the same Wi-Fi connection will be automatically prompted to join and contribute to the session as soon as they fire up their Spotify app. Hosts can also invite people anywhere in the world by getting them to scan a QR code or by hitting share and posting the link on social media.
While Jam was designed as a collaborative experience where participants can add music to the playlist, hosts will have the power to change the order of the tracks and remove songs they believe don’t fit a theme or vibe. Spotify says they also get to determine who’s in the Jam, though it’s unclear if that means hosts will be able to kick out anybody from the session. That said, hosts can switch on “Guest controls” to allow all participants to rearrange the queue or to remove tracks from it.
Spotify Jam will be available globally starting today, so all users will soon be able to enjoy the shared experience with their friends. Those who’d rather stream music alone but still be able to discover new songs and artists would probably enjoy Spotify’s daylist more. The new playlist launched earlier this month keeps changing throughout the day, based on the kind of music the user typically listens to.