Over the past year, social sharing has been more important than ever in bringing people together and helping friends, family, and fans connect from afar. Listeners have flocked to Spotify’s features, including Group Session and Collaborative Playlists, to share what they’re listening to—and to have a rockin’ good time.
Beginning today, we’re making it even easier to share your favorite track or podcast episode with your friends through your social media channels. iOS and Android users globally can look forward to three new ways to share what you love.
1. You’ve gotta hear this part: New podcast timestamp sharing
With new podcast timestamp sharing, you can now share podcast episodes beginning at a particular moment—so you can make sure your friends tune in at that one part you think they’ll love. (Previously, users were only able to share the link to an entire episode.) To share a timestamp, just tap the “share” button while listening to the episode, use the “switch to share” feature at the current playtime, and then select where you want to share the content to. Those on the receiving end just need to tap the shared link to jump right in and start listening.
2. Going places: Canvas comes to even more platforms
Spotify’s Canvas feature turns static song pages into video-art showcases. These bring a whole new listening experience for fans and music lovers. Now, in addition to sharing your favorite tracks with Canvas via Instagram Stories, you can also use Snapchat.
3. Sharing made simple: Canvas previews and a new clear layout
We’re unveiling an updated sharing menu on mobile with a clearer layout, a way to preview what you’re sharing, and an improved destination list. By previewing the Canvas you’re sharing on Instagram Stories or Snapchat ahead of time, you’ll be able to visualize how it will be presented on your social channel. Plus, your available messaging and social media destinations will be dynamically populated based on the apps you have installed, and laid out clearly in an easy-to-view grid.
According to a survey of Spotify users, around 40% of music discovery is attributed to social channels—meaning social media is a key resource for our users. We’re constantly evolving the Spotify experience to meet listener needs and working to provide the best possible audio experience for listeners around the world. These three updates make sharing music and podcasts easier than ever—letting friends, family, and even followers fall in love with the tracks and episodes you’re listening to.