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What is Spotify Live, and how does it work?

Spotify rebranded its Greenroom app and added some extra features.

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UPDATE 02/24/2024: Spotify Live is no longer a feature in Spotify’s tool belt. The service fizzled out around April 2023. The decision to sunset Spotify Live came from the company’s belief that it no longer made sense to linger around as a stand-alone app.

In an effort to offer users more options, Spotify launched a live audio chatroom feature in 2021 called Spotify Live.

Looking to bank on the previous success of Clubhouse, Spotify’s option offers similar features. Previously called Greenroom, users can listen to or host live audio chatrooms.

At present, it seems like the Spotify Live app has mostly been forgotten about, but we’ll break down everything you need to know about the service below.

What is Spotify Live?

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As mentioned, Spotify Live is an audio chatroom platform.

There is a standalone app for iOS and Android that lets users create live chatrooms around topics that people can join and enter into the discussion.

Spotify also struck exclusive programming with its official launch. This includes creators like DJ Akademiks and Hasan Minhaj.

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Spotify Live can be accessed from its standalone app or creators’ pages in the main app. However, because of this, discoverability is much easier in the standalone app.

How does Spotify Live work?

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While you can listen to live shows from the main, you’ll have to use the Spotify Live standalone app to interact with the shows.

This means creating a separate account for Spotify Live when you load the app for the first time (you can link to your original Spotify account to make the process easier).

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Once you are in the app, you can search and follow your favorite creators. There are also “Groups” that you can join to find live chats around specific topics.

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On the front page, you’ll find the most popular chatrooms that are live at the moment, as well as a schedule for upcoming live programming.

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You can join in on any chat you see by clicking the Join room banner in the chat. Conversely, you can head to Groups to find rooms with specific topics.

To create your own room, tap the green Create room button on the home page.

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You will have a few decisions to make, such as the topic, whether or not there is a discussion room, and if you want the live room to be recorded.

And that’s all you need to know about the new Spotify Live app.

Spotify Live certainly exists

At present, it doesn’t seem like people have flocked to Spotify’s live audio option. Live audio chatrooms were all the rage during lockdowns, but that popularity has started to drop quickly.

Time will tell if Spotify continues to support Spotify Live or if it will eventually be phased out of the streaming giant’s future plans.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at alex@knowtechie.com

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