Unless you want to hire a DJ or be saddled with the duty yourself, supplying the perfect music for your get-together can be a tricky thing. Spotify is apparently aware of this, and with the launch of its newest feature, the music streaming service is looking to solve that problem.
Spotify Party is a new feature of the service that offers up professionally mixed playlists and uses beat matching to keep the mood steady. A mood slider allow you to direct the flow from down-tempo chat session to yelling-over-the-speakers blowout.
Who better to consult on turning your service into a virtual DJ than a real-life DJ? Spotify turned to DJ and producer Diplo, who created a set of 120 tracks, exclusively curated for the new mode.
“When it comes to throwing parties you simply have to have the right playlists — or everyone will leave,” Diplo said in the blog post announcing the new feature. “And while researching and picking out music is fun, it also takes a lot of time and effort. With Spotify Party, you’re served with loads of beat-matched music that transitions perfectly, which you can easily adapt to whatever your current vibe is. Best of all, you don’t have to do any of the legwork.”
If this feature sounds familiar, it’s because Spotify has used a similar approach before. In May of this year, Spotify added a Running mode to its mobile apps that matched the tempo of your tunes to your gait, using the accelerometer in your phone. Spotify Party doesn’t match the songs it plays to how you’re dancing (yet, anyway), but its clearly coming from the same place.
Spotify Party is rolling out now on both iOS and Android. If you’re a fan of the desktop or Web apps, it isn’t clear if the feature will be headed to them at a later date, or if it will only be available on mobile devices.