With over 100m customers worldwide, Spotify is the world's largest music streaming service. But you don't have to confine yourself to streaming through your phone.
Using Spotify Connect, you can fire your tunes wirelessly all over your house, as long as you have compatible kit. The feature is a godsend for house parties - as long as there are no Robbie Williams fans at the controls.
So how does it work? How do you set it up? And how do you keep those Robbie fans at bay?
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What is Spotify Connect?
It's a way of controlling and playing Spotify over wi-fi through another device like a wireless speaker or AV receiver. That means there's no need for any convoluted Bluetooth pairing, and you can fill the house with your playlists.
You can control it using your phone or computer, so there's no remote control to lose (or that could fall into the wrong hands).
Spotify has confirmed that Spotify Connect streams in 320kbps - that's the highest bitrate Spotify currently streams in.
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How does it work?
Just like Apple's AirPlay, Spotify Connect works over wi-fi. It seeks out compatible devices that use the same wi-fi network and hooks up to them wirelessly, ready to transmit music.
Want to get involved? There are more than 300 products (and counting) from over 80 brands that play nicely with Spotify Connect. Spotify Connect compatible products include the Amazon Echo, B&O BeoPlay A6, Cambridge Audio CXN, and Denon AVR-X2300W. You can see a full list here.
Multi-room system Sonos recently joined the party, too. Previously, you'd have to fire up the Sonos app in order to access your Spotify library, now you can do it all from within the Spotify app. Which is much more convenient.
There is one caveat, however. In order to play through a Spotify Connect speaker (like Sonos), you'll need a Spotify Premium account, costing £10 per month.
Don't have a compatible product? No problem. You can hook your stereo up to a dongle - like the Google Chromecast or Chromecast Audio - that has an audio output. However, there's one big advantage to using a device that natively supports Spotify Connect: when you fire up the app, your other device will automatically switches to the correct volume.
To use Spotify Connect, you'll also need an internet-connected smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop PC, and a Spotify account, of course. Then you're good to go.
How do you set it up?
It's simple. Download the latest version of the Spotify app to your smartphone, tablet or PC, and make sure both it and your target device are connected to the same wi-fi network.
On your mobile, open Spotify, log in, and select a song to start playing. Click the 'Now Playing' bar, then the 'Devices Available' text at the bottom of the screen. This will show which connected devices can play the song. Select a device, and it'll start playing. Magic!
If you're using Spotify Connect to listen to a song on another phone or tablet, make sure both devices are logged in to the same Spotify account.
On the desktop app, click the 'Connect to a device' button in the bottom-right corner. This brings up the devices menu. Select the one you'd like to use, and it'll do the rest.
How do you use your phone while using Spotify Connect?
The songs are streamed direct from the Spotify cloud to your Spotify Connect device, so they don't come via your phone.
On the plus side, it means you can take calls on your phone without having to pause the music, unlike streaming via Bluetooth. And, because you're just controlling playback through your phone (or tablet) this will actually save your battery.
Plus you can switch devices without missing a beat. Walk in the door listening to Spotify on your phone, switch to your Spotify Connect stereo, and the song will carry on playing through your speakers without having to restart it. It's the hassle-free way of keeping the music playing.