Drop-in audio chat features are still making their way to many popular apps. The newest entry to this is Spotify. It surely is strange as to why Spotify would want to launch something like this. Considering they are the masters when it comes to launching and listening to podcasts with Anchor. But trends are to be followed and like how other apps such as Reddit, Twitter, Discord, and Instagram have incorporated the feature, it only makes sense in Spotify’s eyes to do the same. Here’s everything you need to know about Greenroom by Spotify. You can also check how to create or join rooms in Spotify Greenroom.
It was rumored earlier that Spotify would be coming out with a feature to rival Clubhouse. The only advantage Greenroom has over Clubhouse is that you don’t need to get an invite to join in. It was thought that the feature would be within Spotify itself which, to be honest, would be pretty cool and it would be good for those who make use of the lite version of Spotify. With that being said, let’s dive into Greenroom – Spotify’s answer to Clubhouse.
Greenroom by Spotify was launched on the 16th of June and has been developed by Betty labs incorporated. Betty Labs have been purchased by Spotify and hence you’ll find them as the developers of Spotify Greenroom. The app is available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store in Early Access. The app was previously known as Locker Room which was a live audio chat app that revolved everything around sports and athletes. The app has been rebranded as Spotify Greenroom which now can be used to discuss not only sports but culture and music.
Now let’s check out how you can create account in Spotify Greenroom for creating and joining rooms.
How to Create Account in Spotify Greenroom
The good thing about Greenroom is that anyone and everyone can join it. Signing up is quite simple. You can either use your Spotify account to sign in or just use your email address. Also, since this is a drop-in audio chat app, you don’t need to require a Spotify premium subscription to use Greenroom and best of all, the app has no ads.
How to Create Room in Spotify Greenroom
Creating a room is very simple in Greenroom. Follow the steps to create one.
- On the home page of the app, tap on the floating green button that says New Room.
- You will now be asked to set the name of the room and the name of the show or podcast.
- After that, you will be asked to select a group. This is compulsory as it lets members of the group know that you are planning to go live.
- You can also select the get room recording toggle to on if you wish to record the room. Once the room has been closed, you will be emailed the audio file.
- And lastly, click on the Go Live button to let people join your room and have discussions.
How to Join Room in Spotify Greenroom
Joining a room is quite simple. On the home page of the app, you can scroll through the various rooms and tap on them to join. Or you can always tap on the search icon at the bottom to look for a particular room to join. And once the host of that room goes live, you will receive a notification about it.
Spotify Greenroom: Room Controls
Each room has three kids of people a host, speaker, and listener. The host has overall control of the room. They can decide who gets to be on stage to speak and who gets to listen. They also have the control to turn the discussion tabs On or Off. The discussion tab is where all the chats of the room take place. If a listener wishes to speak they can simply raise their hand to and the host will then permit them to speak.
Send Gems in Spotify Greenroom
If you something the speaker talks about or the host for doing good work, you can simply send them a gem. It’s a way to show that you like their work. As a speaker, when someone sends you gems, it will display the gem count next to your profile icon, you can always see the total number of gems you’ve received in your Greenroom profile screen. Gems will not be deducted from your gem count and they cannot be removed, returned, or taken back. This is the only reason why one could say Greenroom is better than Clubhouse.
How to block a user in Spotify Greenroom
If you’ve found someone misbehaving in a room, you can always block them. The block will also prevent that user from joining any other rooms that have been created by you. Follow these steps to block a user in Greenroom.
- Tap on the profile of the user that you wish to block
- Now, tap the flag icon at the top right corner.
- Select Block.
- And that’s how you can block a user on Greenroom by Spotify
How to Report Room in Spotify Greenroom
- Tap on the Room host’s profile
- Now, tap the flag icon at the top right corner
- Follow the on-screen instructions and then tap on Report.
If you are in a room listening to live audio and something doesn’t feel right about the room, you can always report it and leave the room. The reports are all confidential. This means that nobody will ever know who reported whom.
Overall, it’s a good move by Spotify to bring in more competition to the drop in the audio chats universe. Of course, the app is in early access but the way the app freezes and responds slowly to inputs is kind of a letdown. Now it could also be to the fact that there are already a huge number of people accessing the platform at the same time, and it could likely be server issues.
Personally, while setting up my account and going through the app, simple things like changing a few settings or browsing for rooms took quite a lot of time, thanks to the delayed app response. We could see better days for the app and the platform as Spotify makes improvements all around.
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