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What’s Spotify Join?

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Spotify is among the greatest music streaming providers on the planet, a kind of providers that feels as if it’s suitable with each platform round, and the Join function is certainly one of the reason why it’s so ubiquitous on units.

Spotify Join first got here on-line in 2013 to make it simpler to stream music to a different gadget. It’s not too dissimilar to Chromecast or AirPlay 2, besides it really works with an excellent wider vary of units.

When you’re not too acquainted with Spotify Join, right here’s the lowdown on what it’s and who the units that assist it.

What’s Spotify Join?

Spotify Join permits customers to stream music to (in addition to management) {hardware}/units from the Spotify app, whether or not that be on cell or by way of the desktop and net participant.

The gadget getting used to stream music should be on the identical Wi-Fi connection, and for those who’re utilizing a cell gadget it’ll act as a distant so you may management playback, quantity or add different units to stream to.

Music doesn’t stream from the smartphone to speaker, however as a substitute direct from the Spotify providers to the speaker itself, which suggests your smartphone doesn’t burn up any energy as it could do for those who’re utilizing Bluetooth.

All it’s essential to do is open the app on cell, desktop or net participant, click on on the speaker icon on the backside of the display and choose the gadget (or units) that you simply wish to stream to. Meaning a multi-room setup is feasible as you may stream to a number of units in numerous rooms.

Which units assist Spotify Join?

Initially it was restricted to Spotify’s Premium tier, however in 2018 it was introduced that customers on Spotify’s Free tier would have entry to the Join function, however that comes with a caveat.

Free tier customers get restricted entry to Join options as some units will nonetheless require a Premium subscription. Spotify says it helps over 2000 units from 200 manufacturers. Sensible TVs, soundbars (such because the Samsung HW-S61B pictured beneath), wi-fi audio system, recreation consoles and music streamers are simply a number of the units that may be streamed to. You may take a look at which units are supported on the Spotify Discover web site.

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Spotify Join will probably be supported by the HiFi tier, although there’s nonetheless no phrase on when lossless audio tier will arrive.

Audio high quality differs relying on the tier you’re subscribed to. When you’re listening on the Free tier then it’s 160kbps on cell/desktop or 128kbps streaming from the online participant. On the Premium tier the ceiling is 320kbps or 256kbps for those who’re streaming from the online participant.

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