Miss Turntable.fm? Spotify might bring back its best feature with ‘Social Listening’

Spotify seems to be testing a new feature called Social Listening, which would allow multiple users to add songs to a queue in real time, something like the defunct social networking platform Turntable.fm (minus the invite and open policy). The feature, discovered by reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong and reported this morning by TechCrunch is just a test at this time. There is no indication that it ever reached the consumer version of Spotify.

But the screenshots that Wong was able to extract from the hidden code in the Android version of Spotify show a pretty elegant configuration screen where users can scan other codes or share a link and then create a shared queue. According to Wong, the feature seems to be only available to Spotify employees who are probably testing it internally.

Spotify comments TechCrunch, "We are always testing new products and experiences, but we have no more news to share at this time," which is the company's standard response to when a work-in-progress function makes its way to the public inadvertently That said, social listening sounds like a really cool idea that it would be great to have as a full feature on Spotify Mobile.

It is very common in stages or groups of party that several people want to play music or, at least, add one or two songs to the queue, just to ask someone to do it for you or synchronize to the speaker that is playing music through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and then beat the current DJ by the digital right to select music. With Social Listening, several people can easily pair up and avoid overwriting a song choice or ruining a carefully curated tail.

Spotify already allows you to create collaborative playlists, but this function goes further, by allowing you to create a list of songs to play in real time without having to go through the laborious process of selecting songs, adding them to a list and organizing the order as you see fit. Here is the hope that Spotify will allow him to see the light officially.

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