- Spotify Live is a new app that lets fans listen to popular podcasts as they’re being recorded.
- Live users can start their own chatrooms too, and use a Discussion page to talk with other fans.
- If you miss a Spotify Live chat, you can find recordings of them in the regular Spotify app.
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Last year, Spotify launched an app called “Greenroom.” Cashing in on Clubhouse’s sudden success, Greenroom let users set up audio-only livestreams on nearly any topic they could think of.
And while Clubhouse isn’t as popular now as it once was, Spotify isn’t giving up – instead, they’re launching a new app to get the live audio craze going again.
Spotify Live is a new audio chatroom and livestreaming app
Spotify Greenroom is now Spotify Live. Live still features the same audio chatrooms as the original, but now also offers dozens of “Spotify Original” livestreams produced by professional artists.
These livestreams are less like chatrooms and more like off-the-cuff podcasts, letting fans listen to exclusive original shows as they’re being recorded. Featuring hosts like Hasan Minhaj, DJ Akademiks, and Tana Mongeau, Live is meant to give fans a more unfiltered look at their favorite stars – or in Spotify’s own words, let fans “Eavesdrop on unscripted conversations.”
The app is launching with nearly two-dozen live podcasts, and more are on the way. Topics range wildly from politics, to music, to sports, to fashion, to even astrology.
And unlike Clubhouse, almost none of these chats are audio-only. Even if you’re not a speaker, you can swipe left to open the Discussion room, where anyone can type and send GIFs freely. This gives you a way to interact with fellow fans and even chat with the hosts as they’re speaking.
You can access these podcasts using the official Spotify Live app, or the original Spotify app. Here’s how it all works.
How to use Spotify Live
Spotify Live is available for free from both the iPhone App Store and Android Play Store.
Once you download and open it, you’ll need to make a separate Live account that features your real name, birthday, and a picture. You’ll also get to follow a selection of popular creators, who’ll get notifications about whenever they stream.
The main page shows you the most popular chatrooms going on right now, along with a schedule of upcoming shows and livestreams. The chatrooms that show up at the top of the page, surrounded with a green box and tagged with Featured, are the Spotify Originals hosted by professional artists. Scroll down to find rooms started and hosted by regular users.
Tap Join room on one of these rooms, and you’ll hop right in. Tap the hand icon at the bottom to ask permission to join the conversation, and swipe to the left to find the live text discussion.
And if you want to start a room of your own, just tap the green Create room button at the bottom of the screen. You’ll get to give it a name, choose who the “audience” is – in other words, the topic – whether it’ll have a Discussion page, and whether you want it to be recorded.
With so many different livestreams going at once, it can be hard to catch every show you want to hear. Luckily, Spotify saves recordings of all its biggest podcasts, meaning that you can always stay informed.
How to listen to Spotify Live in the regular Spotify app
Greenroom used to be its own thing, completely separate from the Spotify app. But Spotify Live is built into the original app, letting you easily access the biggest podcasts even after they’re over.
While you can’t start livestreams or chat from the regular Spotify app, you can listen to them as they’re happening. And even better, you can listen to past episodes of any Spotify Original livestream.
You can find Spotify Live shows in the original app or website with this link. Alternatively, open the app and tap Search at the bottom of the screen, then type in “Live.” When the Live on Spotify option appears, tap it.
The page that opens will have a summary of the podcast, a short trailer, all the past episodes, and a note about when the next Live episode will be. If it says the podcast is live right now, tap it to start listening.