Spotify has created an in-app music player for Facebook users.
The initiative has already been rolled out in 27 regions, and it allows paying Spotify subscribers to listen to full-length tracks and podcasts via the Facebook iOS and Android apps. The brand new in-built mini-player will enable users to listen to Spotify while still scrolling their news feed. Spotify have said that the in-app player is to try to help people discover new music through Facebook and allow people to share music with friends more easily.
The new player isn’t exclusive to paying subscribers. However, free Spotify users will only have access to shuffle mode, and they will also face adverts from Spotify.
The list of countries with access is 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. More regions are expected to be announced soon.
In other news, the streaming service was labelled “disgraceful” last week by Paul Weller because of the low rate they pay to artists.
Speaking to Mojo, the former Style Council man explained: “I am not for Spotify whatsoever. It’s great for punters. You pay your nine quid every month and listen to whatever you want. But for the artist it’s shit. It’s disgraceful.”
He continued: “I had three million Spotify plays for ‘On Sunset ‘[his latest album, released in 2020]. For that I made nine and a half grand in revenue. All right, it’s nine grand, but it’s not £3 million is it? Whichever fucker thought music should be free was a marketing whizz because that genie will not go back in the bottle.”