Spotify is testing one of YouTube Music’s best offline features

Spotify Premium on an Android phone.
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What you need to know

  • Spotify is reportedly testing offline mixtapes for subscribers.
  • The company’s CEO teased the feature in a Tweet, showing off what it might look like.
  • “Your Offline Mix” allows users to auto-download all their recently played songs.

Spotify is testing a new playlist mix that will help users listen to their recently played songs even when they go offline.

The feature is dubbed “Your Offline Mix” and was teased by the CEO and founder of Spotify, Daniel Ek, who shared it through his Twitter account. The feature is “designed for those times when you might not be online,” notes Ek.

Ek has further shared a screenshot of what appears to be an iOS Spotify screen, which gives us an idea of what the new offline feature would look like and how it would function. The screenshot also shows the device in airplane mode, demonstrating at least one scenario the mix is designed for.

In the screenshot, the playlist is shown with a 3-hour 31-minute run time, which should give users plenty of time to jam out while their connection is low or offline. The description reads, “A mix of your recently played songs for when the vibe is high, but your connection is low,” which honestly sounds like a great way to describe the feature.

Spotify is one of the best music streaming services and already offers users the ability to download offline music. However, the process requires users to pick their favorite tracks manually. It can be a tedious and time-consuming process if users have tastes in various genres of music.

The “Your Offline Mix” would essentially do the work for you, which could be helpful in certain situations such as on a plane or in an area where the network is poor.

Competitor YouTube Music has long offered an Offline Mixtape feature for subscribers, automatically downloading frequently (or recently) streamed songs on smartphones and smartwatches.

Vishnu Sarangapurkar
News Writer

Vishnu works as a freelance News Writer for Android Central. For the past four years, he's been writing about consumer technology, primarily involving smartphones, laptops, and every other gizmo connected to the Internet. When he is away from keyboard, you can see him going on a long drive or chilling on a couch binge-watching some crime series.