Spotify this week introduced a new Connect feature that allows users to seamlessly transition their listening experience from one device to another, including Wi-Fi-equipped speakers compatible with the new service. The on-demand streaming service wants to be piping out of whatever device you’re using, and the new feature promises to make it super simple to go from one gadget to the next without your current sessions being interrupted. This is all made possible through the magic of the cloud.
With the new feature—added in a recent update for iOS—you can go from playing Spotify on your iPhone and pick up right where you left off on your desktop, or vice versa. The iPad is included, too, so you can listen in the kitchen (or wherever you prefer) right on your iPad and leave your iPhone in your room to charge. Further, Spotify has partnered with a handful of audio companies—complete with Spotify branding, just so the marketing is explicitly clear—so you can even listen to your content through some swanky new Wi-Fi-equipped speakers you just bought.
The brands currently onboard for Spotify’s new venture include: Argon, Bang & Olufson, Denon, Marantz, Philips, Pioneer, Revo, Teufel and Yamaha; the speakers should start arriving in Oct. Before that, the service is working to get its Android and browser services up to speed, meaning you’ll soon be able to have a huge cross-platform party. According to Spotify, old Wi-Fi speakers can theoretically be compatible, though it’s up to companies to update that hardware.
The addition of the new feature is a no-brainer, and if you haven’t thrown down any money for a pair of speakers, perhaps some Spotify-branded ones will do the trick. Of course, if you already have a setup in your home, simply plugging your device into a pair of speakers is absolutely no problem. But if you’re a Spotify nut who can’t resist the urge to transition from one device to the next, you should hold off on buying some speakers until Oct. For now, you can use the feature to beam back and forth between your smartphones and tablets strewn throughout your house.