Scan these new QR-style Spotify Codes to instantly play a song
Spotify has taken a tip from Snapchat with its new characteristic for sharing songs through scannable images. The new Spotify Codes characteristic creates a completely unique barcode and album cover photo for each track, album, artist, and playlist. Scan those Spotify codes with the brand new digital camera within the Spotify app’s seek bar to right away play that song.
Spotify codes should make it easier for friends to share a percentage of each song with various artists and sell their artwork. After receiving a tip from reader Moshe Isaacian, we reached out to Spotify for info, and the employer stated it’s going to have more information on Monday. [Update 5/8/2017: Spotify codes are now officially rolling out.]
To pull up a Spotify code, simply tap the “3 dots” button at the proper facet of the display, even while gambling a track or searching for an artist or playlist. To test one, visit the quest bar, tap the digital camera icon, and then hover the digital camera over a code on a phone, laptop display, or printout. You can also add a screenshot or image of a Spotify code to test it while you see it shared in some other app, like Instagram, or over a text message.
You can attempt it yourself by means of scanning the code for this new track via the sultry indie dance band Cathedrals:
If a friend is noting a track and you need to listen to it, you don’t have to wait for them to find a link, open a messaging app, and send it to you; you can open it in your browser before it deeplinks into Spotify. They tap the dots to reveal the code, while you listen and test with the Quest digital camera. This is especially important given that Spotify discontinued its in-app messaging feature, Inbox, in February in favor of messaging shortcuts via SMS, Messenger, WhatsApp, and other chat apps.
Meanwhile, you may consider having artists print vinyl stickers with their Spotify codes as opposed to simply their band name. While a complex Spotify URL may be unsightly and difficult to type on a mobile device, the digital camera and soundwave-stylized codes have the right appearance and are simple to use.
Spotify codes may additionally be a regular, visible reminder across the net that you may be taking note of on-call songs. Similar to how Facebook colonized the net with Like buttons and Snapchat’s Snapcodes wound up as profile photographs on Twitter and elsewhere, Spotify codes should serve to sell the streaming provider itself in addition to the song to which they’re linked.
This sort of viral boom method should be crucial to Spotify because it races Apple Music, Amazon, YouTube, SoundCloud, and Pandora to convert radio and MP3 listeners into streamers. Given that Apple and SoundCloud have copied Spotify’s wildly popular customized playlist Discover Weekly (which TechCrunch advised it to create in 2014), it will be interesting to see if other streaming services implement their own scannable track codes.