Spotify, the popular music streaming platform, has announced a new feature called shared volume control to enhance its Group Session functionality. Group Session is a Premium-only feature introduced in 2020 that enables multiple users to control the music playing in real time and contribute to a collaborative playlist. With the addition of shared volume control, listeners who are sharing a compatible speaker with the host now have the ability to adjust the volume of a song.
The shared volume control feature is designed to enhance the collaborative listening experience. Previously, participants in a Group Session could only control the song selection, but now they can also fine-tune the volume level to their liking. However, Spotify has implemented a limitation to ensure that the host maintains control in larger listening sessions. If there are four or more users in a group session, volume control will be automatically disabled. This prevents chaos in situations where there are too many contributors. Nonetheless, the host has the option to manually enable volume control by toggling the “Let guests change volume” setting.
The rollout of shared volume control is taking place gradually across Android and iOS devices worldwide. The feature is compatible with Chromecast, Amazon Cast, and most WiFi-enabled speakers, including popular brands like Sonos and Bose. However, it’s important to note that shared volume control is not currently supported on Apple AirPlay or Bluetooth devices.
It’s worth mentioning that the shared volume control update specifically caters to in-person listening scenarios. Typically, Group Session allows users to participate remotely or in person. However, this particular feature focuses on enhancing the shared listening experience when individuals are physically together, such as during social gatherings or parties.
By introducing shared volume control, Spotify aims to further enrich the collaborative aspect of Group Sessions, providing users with greater flexibility and control over their shared music experiences. Whether it’s adjusting the volume to suit personal preferences or maintaining order during larger gatherings, this new capability enhances the overall enjoyment and engagement of all participants.