Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company was collaborating with Spotify on new music features for users to enjoy while using Facebook’s apps. According to Engadget sources, a dedicated Spotify player will be available soon, allowing you to listen to music or podcasts shared in Facebook posts without having to leave the platform.
Spotify announced today that the new mini-player is now available in 27 countries.
Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay, and the United States are among the countries where Spotify’s new audio player is available inside Facebook apps.
Project Boombox allows you to listen to any music or podcast episode shared by a friend, family member, artist, or creator right from the News Feed.
According to Spotify, the first time you click to listen, you’ll be presented with a consent dialog asking you to connect your music and social media apps.
The music or other audio will begin if you’re already logged in to Spotify. You’ll be asked to sign in if you haven’t already. With a small player docked at the bottom of the interface above the navigation icons, audio content will continue to play as you use the Facebook app.
At all times, controls for pausing or closing the player will be just a tap away. Album/show artwork will be displayed alongside artist and title information in the audio feature. In fact, the player resembles the one found in Spotify’s mobile apps.
According to Spotify, premium subscribers will have full access to the player, while free users will only be able to listen to music in shuffle mode.
Ads will be heard by the latter group, just as they are when using the streaming service’s apps. You can listen to a 30-second preview of the song or episode if you don’t have a Spotify account.
Facebook is working on several new audio projects, including one with Spotify. Last week, the company revealed details about its bid to take on Clubhouse, which includes audio-only “rooms,” a new podcasting feature, and other features. While all of these are still in the works, Facebook has stated that its rooms feature will be available this summer.