Spotify could be working on a feature that lets you import music stored on your Android phone
This would be a great addition.
Spotify has a huge database with something for almost everyone. I find I just leave the discovery queue on most of the time and I’m usually pleasantly surprised.
If your tastes in music are more niche, however, you’ve probably not been able to find your favorite songs on the service. That leads to an annoying situation where you have to have multiple music player apps installed, as your Spotify Premium account currently doesn’t let you add local songs to your playlists.
It looks like that annoyance might be coming to an end in the near future, with Spotify apparently testing the ability to import locally stored songs to the Spotify app.
More about the (possible) feature
The feature was uncovered by the prolific app feature-seeker Jane Manchun Wong, who recently posted a screenshot of a new Import feature she found in a beta version of Spotify’s Android app.
Spotify is testing "Import your music" directly from your Android device pic.twitter.com/Nx28gdI4mR
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 29, 2018
The screenshots show the Spotify app letting the user access local files on their Android device, giving them access to Spotify’s player to listen to the music. This looks to be similar to how Spotify’s app on the desktop works, with users allowed to access the songs locally but not stream them from another device.
New album view on the way?
According to more app-diving, Spotify is also testing out a few other tweaks. A redesigned album view is in the cards, along with a host of quality-of-life updates for its Podcasts support.
Included in the tested features, the ability to download offline copies of podcasts to listen to later (either to save on mobile data costs or because you’ll be somewhere without reliable internet) and a decluttering of the podcasts screen by moving descriptions to a different screen. Another possible change being tested is a redesigned library view with the Favorite Songs list turning into a separate playlist.
With any feature in testing, keep in mind that they might not appear in the app for a while, if at all. If you don’t already have a local library of songs on your device, it’s probably not worth transferring them from your computer just yet. If testing goes well and they do get included, it could go a long way to turning Spotify into the go-to for mobile music playing.
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