Spotify is making the discovery of new music easier with its latest collaboration with Facebook. Starting today, Facebook users can stream from Spotify, courtesy of a new miniplayer. The feature is available to both iOS and Android users in 27 countries, and support for more markets will be added in the coming months.
The feature, which is an extension of the social sharing option within the Spotify app, will ask users whether they want to share the content to "Stories" or "News Feed." If the latter is chosen, users seeing the shared content will be able to stream content from within the app as they use it. Premium users will experience full playback directly, while free users can use shuffle mode accompanied by ads.
The process of launching the miniplayer is fairly straightforward. On seeing the shared content, users will tap the "Play" button. If this is the first time they're doing this, they will be asked to connect the apps, and if they're already logged in, the playback will start.
The countries where the capability is presently available are Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay, and the U.S.