One of the oldest complaints of the Spotify service is that the the client doesn’t let you share your premium account or play music off multiple devices. It's time to change that. Coming next are a few workarounds that will finally let you have two songs on at once!
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Use SoundHound to Play Playlists
Since Spotify ended their lyrics partnership with Musixmatch, they've been working to help third party apps detect when it is playing so they can display lyrics for users who still want it.
One such direct partnership is with SoundHound, a Shazam-like music detector that also displays Spotify song lyrics.
But there’s an interesting edge case here. If you have Spotify premium, SoundHound can play your playlists without affecting the Spotify app, so that you can have two devices playing at once.
Step 2. From the app, hit the Play button in the bottom right.
Step 3. Press the Connect with Spotify button.
Step 4. Create a SoundHound account and let SoundHound access your Spotify account.
Step 5. Once you’re done, you can choose a Spotify playlist you follow, hit Spotify as your preferred streaming service and let it go!
A playlist running on SoundHound won’t pause Spotify on other devices like normal, so you can have two speakers playing two different songs, but both without ads because they are both using the premium Spotify account.
It’s worth noting that you won’t have access to the full Spotify experience on SoundHound because you can't search for tracks or turn on the high quality audio.
If you want to listen to an individual song on SoundHound, you’ll need to go in to the Spotify client and add the song to new playlist before you can play it on SoundHound.
The SoundHound app is also currently only available for iOS and Android, so this trick won't work between pairs of computers or laptops.
If you’re trying to play on multiple devices so you can have your songs in multiple rooms, you won’t need the tricks above.
Instead, you’ll want to take a look at Spotify Connect, which lets you play off your speakers using your phone, as well as Spotify’s official list of speakers. Using one of the Spotify speakers, you can link them all to the same audio source to get them all playing at once.
There’s no need to invest in an entirely new account if you just want to spread the sound across your house!
Grab a Family Plan
Even if you don’t have too many devices, you might still find plenty of value in a Spotify family plan.
To combat device sharing, Spotify's family plans cost $18 a month instead of the regular $10 payment, but you’ll be able to create up to six individual premium accounts that can all be online, playing different songs, at once.
Playlists won’t be shared, but you can easily make them all follow the playlists of the main account if you are using the plan by yourself. If you don’t need six, you can share them with others.
It’s expensive, but is much better value than purchasing an entirely new account and you won’t have to worry about any of the above workarounds.