SPOTIFY is working on a handy new feature for users of its Android and iOS apps.
Slated for a future software update, the tool works similarly to the Friend Activity sidebar available in the desktop version of the music streaming platform.
Friend Activity shows what a listener’s Facebook friends and other connections are listening to.
It’s been around for years, though only in the desktop apps on Windows and macOS.
A similar feature called “Community Hub” will work similarly on Spotify’s smartphone apps in the near future.
It was unearthed by earlier this month Chris Messinaa tech blogger who combs through apps’ code to find upcoming features.
Messina posted a 10-second screen capture of Community Hub in action in a tweet on June 1st.
It seems to show a tab in the app that shows what your friends are listening to alongside recent updates to their playlists.
The update doesn’t fully show the Friend Activity sidebar, but it effectively performs the same function.
The names of people you follow on Spotify appear next to the song, artist, and album or playlist they’re streaming.
At the top of the tab, changes people have made to their playlists appear in a carousel.
You can follow someone on Spotify – be it an artist or a stranger whose music you like – by clicking a button on their profile.
When you link your Spotify account to your Facebook profile, you can choose to automatically follow everyone on your friends list.
Community Hub is expected to roll out to users around the world in a future software update.
A version of it is already visible online. Type spotify:community in the address bar of Safari on iPhone or iPad to see a test page.
It comes after Snoop Dogg finally revealed his decision to remove Death Row Records’ catalog from Spotify in April.
The American rapper bought the legendary record label, whose artists include Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop own, back in February.
Within weeks, a number of fan-favorite albums disappeared from digital streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify.
Snoop has now confirmed in an interview that he took the surprising step in response to the services’ tight-lipped payment practices.
“First of all, I stole all the music from these platforms … because these platforms don’t pay,” said the 50-year-old in the last episode of the Beverage Champs Podcast.
“And those platforms get millions of streams, and nobody but the record labels get paid.”
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