Now I don't want to take credit for this, but I was totally moaning about the lamentable absence of this feature to one person around a year ago, so it's 100 per cent my brainchild and now we all know.
The idea is that you can whack on a song and your friends will be able to listen to the same song, in real-time, on their own devices, in their own homes. The days of stuffing someone else's filthy earbud into the recesses of your ear canal will be a thing of the past.
Friends can join one another's sessions via an invite - as shared by App researcher Jane Manchun Wong on Twitter. Social Listening, as it's apparently been dubbed, will also be available for the web version.
Spotify is working on Social Listening, letting friends to control music together with their own devices
Scan Spotify Code or open link for it to begin
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) May 31, 2019
The feature isn't publicly available yet, but Wong tweeted out some screen shots detailing how it works. Friends are able to control the music that they're listening to, and you can keep tabs on who's listening with you in the Now Playing screen.
There's no date yet on when these new features will filter down to the rest of us. [BGR]