Spotify added a new feature called “Blend,” which allows you to create a collaborative playlist with a friend or family member. It’s a very personal way of sharing music with others that should be quite handy during your next road trip. If you’re curious how to create a Spotify Blend playlist, then continue reading below.
What Is Spotify Blend?
Spotify recently rolled out Blend alongside “Only You” – a new in-app experience featuring listening statistics and personalized playlists. The feature shows individual stats, such as “Your artist pairs,” that highlights the range of your listening interests, or “Your Genres/Topics,” which brings home the unique combination of music and podcast genres that defines your listening experience.
Blend, on the other hand, taps on the all-too-human desire to share our favorite tracks with our closest friends and family. The feature allows two people to merge their musical tastes into a curate playlist that “blends” their preferences. Once created, the Blend playlist will be updated on a daily basis, being influenced by how the users’ listening habits change over time.
Blend is accessible through the new “Made for You” hub, which is now available in the Spotify app. The feature is currently in beta.
Who Can Create Spotify Blend Playlists
The feature is currently available only for mobile users (with an Android or iOS device) who have a Free or Premium account on Spotify. Since the feature just started rolling out earlier this summer, it may not appear for everyone just yet.
If you can’t find it in your Spotify, make sure you update the app to the latest version and try again. If you still can’t see it, then you may have to wait a while for it to become available in your region.
How to Create Your First Spotify Blend Playlist
Creating a Blend playlist is pretty straightforward. Just follow these steps as described below to get started. Note that the friend you want to mix your music with also needs to have the Spotify app installed on their device for this to work as it should.
1. Open the Spotify app on your mobile device.
2. Tap on the “Search” button at the bottom of the display.
3. Look for and tap on the “Made for You” button.
4. At the top, you should see the “Create a Blend” option. Tap on the green “+” button to get started.
5. On the next screen, tap on the “Invite” button.
6. A sharing menu will appear. You can either send the invite via one of the social apps you’re using or copy the link to share it.
7. Keep in mind that invite links are good for one-time usage. When someone clicks on the link, it automatically expires.
8. Once you sent the invite, all you have to do is wait. When the other person joins Blend, you’ll receive a notification on your phone.
9. Go back and check Spotify, and you should see the new playlist has been created.
10. Tap on it to browse through it. The list includes a collection of some of the participants’ most played songs.
11. You can download the tracks if you want to be able to access the playlist while offline.
12. Additionally, tap on the three dots on top to bring up a menu that allows you to do multiple things. You can leave Blend, which will cause the playlist to be deleted. Or you can add it to your profile and even create a shortcut for it on your home screen.
Note that you can have several Blend playlists (with different people) set up and running at the same time. If you wish to start a new Blend, simply go back to the “Made for You” tab and tap on the “+” button to create a new one.
How to Start a Group Listening Party on Spotify
If sharing your musical experience with your loved ones is important to you, then you may find it useful to know how to create a group session on Spotify. This allows you to listen to the same music with up to five friends.
1. Open the Spotify app on your mobile device.
2. Play a song of your choosing.
3. Tap on the song-playing bar at the bottom of the display to bring up the song page.
4. Tap on the device button in the lower-left corner of the display.
5. Scroll down until you find the “Start a Group Session” option and click on the “Start Session” button.
6. Send an invite to your friends, which can be either a Spotify code or a text message. Have them scan the code or tap the URL to join the session.
7. Once your buddies join the session, you will be able to listen to music together.
8. When you’re done listening, tap the “End session” button at the bottom.
Spotify is a truly great tool for those who enjoy listening together while being apart or in the same place. With these tools we’ve described above, you’ll be able to share the greatest tunes with your favorite people.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I fix invitation links that are crashing?
Got a buggy invitation link or send one to your friend? Keep in mind that Blend is still in beta, so bugs like this are bound to happen from time to time. Just exit Spotify, open it up again and give it another try. Generate a link and send it over. It should take care of the issue.
2. Why can’t I share a Blend playlist with someone else?
While the option to Share your Blend playlist exists, it does not appear to be functional. You can find it by tapping on the three dots underneath your Blend playlist thumbnail and selecting Share. However, in our trials the recipient of the link could not access the playlist. Since Blend is in beta, it’s possible that this feature is still in development, so it may become functional at a later time.
3. How can I access Blend on Spotify’s desktop client?
Unfortunately no, you can’t create a Blend playlist from the web player. However, you can access Blend playlists that you’ve previously set up in the mobile app. It’s safe to assume that Spotify will be adding the option to create Blend playlists from its web client in the near future.
Can’t get enough Spotify? The app is simply a must-have for any music lover. If you want to know what else you can do with the app, check out our articles which explain how you can connect Spotify to your Discord account and fix the Spotify web player not working.