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Spotify’s new music player debuts in Facebook apps on iOS and Android

ByTina R. Wimmer

Apr 26, 2021

Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the company was working with Spotify on new music features that users could listen to while using the social network’s apps. Engadget sources later confirmed that a dedicated Spotify player will soon allow you to listen to music or podcasts shared in posts without having to leave Facebook. Today, Spotify announced that the new mini player is now available in 27 countries.

The so-called Project Boombox initiative will allow you to listen to any music or podcast episode shared by a friend, family member, artist or creator directly from the News Feed. Spotify says the first time you click to listen, you’ll encounter a consent dialog to connect music and social apps. If you are already logged into Spotify, the music or other sound will start. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to do so. Audio content will continue to play while you’re using the Facebook app, with a small player docked to the bottom of the interface above the navigation icons. Commands to pause or close the player will be at your fingertips at all times. The audio feature will display album/show artwork alongside artist and title information. In fact, the player looks a lot like the one you see in Spotify’s mobile apps.

Spotify says Premium subscribers will have full functionality of the player, while free users will be able to use shuffle mode. The latter group will also hear advertisements as they do when using the streaming service’s apps. If you don’t have a Spotify account, you can listen to a 30-second preview of the song or episode.

The full list of countries where Spotify’s new audio player is available in Facebook apps includes 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.

The team up with Spotify is one of many new audio projects Facebook is working on. The company last week announced details of its bid to tackle Clubhouse with audio-only “rooms”, a new podcasting feature and other goodies. While all of that is still a long way off, Facebook said its Rooms tool should be available this summer.

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