Remember when you used to crowd around the family iMac with your friends to painstakingly craft the ultimate playlists in iTunes for upcoming road trips, backyard pool parties, or New Year’s Eve? Although those days are long gone, Spotify has only recently nudged playlist creation to the next level, announcing the ability to create Collaborative Playlists you can share and edit with others, in real time.
That’s right — you don’t even have to be in a room with your friend to curate the same playlist. You can use your computer, smartphone, or tablet to add, rearrange, and delete songs, and they can do the same from wherever they are. There’s no limit to how many people can contribute to one list, either, and Spotify is regularly rolling out new features, like an Add User button to make the experience even easier.
Best of all, you don’t need a Premium subscription to create or participate in a Collaborative Playlist: They’re available to both Spotify Free and Spotify Premium members alike.
It is worth noting, however, that users with a Spotify Free subscription will still have to put up with the ads they normally would while listening to a Collaborative Playlist, and they still won’t have the option to skip ahead when they want to. Unfortunately, it’s still shuffle-play or the Premium way.
Spotify released this new feature as a part of the latest update. Now users are able to view avatars in the playlist header that shows who helped create the Collaborative Playlist. In addition, avatars in front of each song title clue listeners into which contributor added the track. You can even create your own Collaborative Playlists.
How to create a Collaborative Playlist in Spotify
The developers at Spotify have created a seamless process for users to curate a Collaborative Playlist. In just about ten seconds your playlist can go live. You have the choice of creating your playlist from your desktop or your mobile device. The procedure is a bit different depending on what platform you use, with a few extra clicks required for the mobile version.
Step 1: In the left panel, right-click on the playlist you would like to make collaborative.
Step 2: Click on the Collaborative Playlist button.
Step 3: Right-click on the playlist again, then scroll down to Share.
Step 4: Select Copy Playlist Link, then distribute it to your friends via social media or the available messenger apps.
Step 1: Select Your Library.
Step 2: Tap Playlists and select the one you want to make collaborative (you must be the creator to do this).
Step 3: Tap the Add User icon in the top left to make the playlist collaborative.
Step 4: Select Make Collaborative.
Step 5: Choose Copy Link or one of the available social media platforms offered, then send it to your friends however you choose.
The beauty of Collaborative Playlists is that what you want to share is in your hands. It could be the latest podcasts you’ve discovered, new music, or stand up comedy that will keep you and your friends belly-laughing the entire day.
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