Spotify launches an iMessage app for texting songs to friends

Spotify has softly launched its own iMessage application that let you text ballads to friends with just a few taps. The new app hasn’t been officially announced, but appears to be similar in functionality to Spotify’s Messenger app, which went live earlier this spring as one of Messenger’s new chats extensions.

As with the Messenger bot, the new iMessage app also lets you promptly search across Spotify’s full catalog for a way you want to share, then tap a button to paste a preview of that song into your chat session. This preview includes an album image, song title, and artist information.

But in the iMessage app’s instance, the image is much larger than on Messenger, and there’s no “play” button. Instead, a small Spotify logo at the top left is what indicates that what you’ve sent is a song.

The recipient then taps the image which launches a new window, overlaid on top of the chat session. From here they can play the provided 30 -second clip, or tap the “Play on Spotify” button below to hear the full way, if you’re a subscriber.( We also noticed that once it knows you’re a paying Spotify user, the option to stream a clip goes away and you’re only directed to the Spotify app to stream .)

Above: Spotify’s iMessage app begins indicating sungs as you type

The iMessage extension itself rolled out in Spotify’s latest iOS app update the coming week, and was then spotted by iGeneration, MacRumors, and others.

As reports have noted, a key discrepancies between Spotify’s iMessage app and Apple Music’s is that the latter allows you to listen to the full way right in iMessage. However, Apple’s is more limited because it only pulls up tracks that are in your’ lately listened’ list.

If you have Spotify’s iOS app already installed, you can switch on the new Spotify iMessage app from the iMessage App Store( unless you have your Sets configured to automatically enable all new iMessage apps by default, in which instance you can just start using the app ).

On iOS 11, that entails heading to the end of the horizontal row of iMessage apps that appear when you tap the App Store button next to the text entry box in iMessage, then tapping the “More” button. This launches a window where you can manage which apps are switched on.( Just tap the “Edit” button to display their toggle switches ).

Though the functionality on iMessage is limited to only sharing tracks- not observing hot or trending music or building group playlists, for example- that may actually has become a smart design selection on Spotify’s part.

One thing some iMessage apps have done wrong is require too many steps to use. When you’re in the middle of a back-and-forth dialogue, you don’t want to disappear from the chat for too long while you fiddle with apps. By simplifying the process to merely three steps- search, tap, and share- it’s a lot quicker to send a Spotify clip now, rather than hunting down the URL of the track instead.

Spotify’s Messenger app has also seemingly pared down since launch, we should note. Originally it also highlighted popular tracks and constructed various recommendations, but now it just lets you search, pulling from recent songs, or generate playlists.

Spotify confirmed the launching of the new iMessage app to TechCrunch in a statement.

“Spotify’s iMessage app is available now, allowing users to quickly search for and share music with friends directly from iMessage, ” a spokesperson said. “It’s the latest style in which we’re empowering users to share music with friends in a fast and fun way.”

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