Spotify Simplifies User Blocking and Defaults to Autoplay for Connected Devices

Spotify has released a slew of updates around the world. Including some that are now available in India. The Swedish audio streaming and media services provider has made it much easier to block other users. Furthermore, it changed the default setting on Spotify Connect devices to Autoplay. 

Spotify has sparked criticism from some users. Spotify Charts, which provide music recommendations based on your location, are the third major feature. The feature is currently available in 16 Indian cities.

Users can now easily block another user by visiting their profile, clicking the three-dot menu above their public playlists, and selecting Block. The person who has been barred from accessing your activity or any of your public playlists will no longer be able to do so. 

Previously, users had to contact customer service in order to request that other users be blocked. A user can also be unblocked. The feature has not yet been implemented in India.

Spotify Simplifies User Blocking and Defaults
Spotify Simplifies User Blocking and Defaults

Spotify updated its autoplay feature

By making it the default setting when users listen to music on Spotify Connect devices like connected speakers. After users reported the problem on the Spotify Community forum, believing it was a bug, a moderator confirmed that it was a feature.

“This means that whenever you listen to Spotify music on a device other than your phone or PC/Mac (installable apps, not our Web Player).  Autoplay will be enabled and new tracks will be added to continue playback.

This will happen regardless of the Autoplay setting that is currently in place. This setting only affects direct playback on your phone or PC/Mac (apps) and is not applicable everywhere “The moderator elaborated.

The third feature is a Charts update. Spotify now provides city-specific charts in over 200 cities around the world, including 16 in India. The goal is to allow users to see which artists or songs are currently trending in their area. 

The charts in each of the 16 cities will differ depending on the population of the region. “On Fridays of each week, Spotify will update the charts for Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Ernakulam, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Patna, and Pune based on listener activity in those cities,” the company explained to Gadgets 360 in a communication.

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