The Spotify Session Beta allows users to remotely stream music or podcasts with friends. It is available for Premium users who can create shareable and listening links with their friends regardless of where they are in real-time. The new feature allows up to five people to listen together simultaneously. According to a Spotify press release, the feature was implemented on July 28 and allowed two to five people to flow together. Also, the Spotify desktop app and web client got standalone Chromecast support.
The company stated that the experimental group session feature allows Spotify Premium users to create a sharing link that they can send via any messaging app to invite their friends to the group. Users can also share the scan code with guests. All group members must be unique members. In particular, this feature was first implemented in May, but it only worked when people were in the same space.
To start a group session:
1. Open Spotify and play something
2. Click on the Connect to the device icon
3. Touch Sign in to start a group session
4. Touch Invite Friends and share the link using the included apps
5. Or touch Copy link to choose a different sharing method
Also, according to the Spotify Community Forum, the desktop app and web client have independent Chromecast support. Initially, the desktop and web client app needed an iOS or Android app to be able to connect to Chromecast, but now they can do it independently.
The option is available in the desktop client but not in the Windows app, which means the company is implementing the feature in stages. We tested it on the web client and we were able to play music through the Google Home Speaker.