Currently, it seems that Group Sessions are the kind of feature meant for groups of people in tight proximity: you and your friends keep fighting over the aux cord? Just make a group session and you can all queue music. Everyone in the household have different tastes? Make a group session and you can all stream what you each want to hear.
This, however, is an underestimation of what Group Sessions could be; Group Sessions have the potential to be Spotify's unique take on the Livestream feature that so many other platforms seem keen on taking advantage of (Instagram Live, the Reddit Network, Periscope, even Tick Tok [for some reason the correct spelling of that company came up as a typo and I couldn't submit this post with any typos] now). Allow me to explain:
The Current State of Group Sessions
At the moment, if a user starts a Group Session, these are the only ways in which they can invite other users:
This is how I see the feature being improved:
What Spotify has Going for it
The reason I use Spotify over Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Tidal, or any other platform is because, out of all the platforms, Spotify has the greatest socialization. The diversity of user-made playlists available seems the greatest to me. The interactivity with other people seems greater here than on other music apps. Seeing what so many other people that I'm friends with are listening to right now (a feature that needs to be brought to mobile already, guys). Spotify is more than just a music app, it's a social media app with music as its heart. However, I don't feel that the company has fully embraced that yet.
What I envision for Spotify is a place with literal alive and active groups and communities within the interface of the app, not just external public message boards, like this one. Right now, Spotify is a music app with social features, but the day it becomes a social media app built around music is the day it dominates the music streaming industry, assuming it can do that before another platform beats them to it. This Group Session feature is a good step in that direction, and I hope these changes can be implemented to make it even better.
Updated on 2020-08-13