Spotify launches Facebook miniplayer for New Zealand users

Spotify has launched a new miniplayer for Facebook allowing users to play music and podcasts directly from the social network's iOS and Android apps. 

New Zealand is one of 27 countries around the world getting the feature first.

Paid subscribers will be able to play music without ads from the Facebook app, without having to open the Spotify app.

The news comes days after Spotify rival Apple Music announced a new premium podcast subscription offering.

Spotify says the Facebook miniplayer will be "driven by discovery" and "improve how users share and engage with songs and podcast episodes".

How to set up the Spotify Facebook miniplayer:

  1. Tap play on the song or podcast episode you or anyone else shared from Spotify to their Facebook News Feed
  2. The first time you're using the player, you'll see a consent dialog open - click on Connect to continue
  3. If you're logged in to Spotify, the apps will automatically switch and playback will start from within the Spotify app. If you're not logged in, you will be prompted to do so
  4. Spotify keeps playing even if you keep scrolling down your Facebook News Feed, but you'll have control over playback options so you can pause or dismiss the miniplayer.

For Facebook, the miniplayer is part of a suite of new products being rolled out, including Clubhouse-style live audio rooms and Hotline, a sort of mash-up of Clubhouse and Twitch.

The miniplayer is launching on the same day Apple Music launches its City Charts, record label search and lyric sharing features.