Spotify wants the music listening experience to become more social. A new feature the company is testing out (only employees have access so far) called Social Listening allows multiple users to create a collaborative playlist, listen to, and control music in real time.


The news was first reported by Jane Wong, who shared screenshots of the various of the menus in the process. Users will be able to see how many people are currently listening, and anyone can add music to the queue.

And for those wondering, like I was, about how this feature differs from the already existing collaborative playlist feature, Wong responded that it’s “more real time.” The existing feature allows any approved user to add to the playlist, and anyone can listen to any song at any time, simultaneously or otherwise. This new feature focuses more on real time experiences, much like turntable.fm before it was shut down.