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Spotify has a new feature that lets you scan a barcode and play a song and it's pretty f'ing cool!

In February, Spotify removed its in-app messaging feature, which instantly made it harder to share a song with a friend. What they have now totally makes up for it.

According to Techcrunch, more details are coming Monday May 8, but a feature that lets you scan a special barcode and instantly play a song is live and it's pretty glorious.

Each song has a unique code attached to its album art (you bring that up the same way you always did) and using Spotify's in-app camera you take a picture and the song plays. The feature works whether you're scanning it from a friend's phone or from a screenshot that you can send through any messaging app. It's a simple feature that works just like it's supposed to work, and we love it when that happens!

There are some great ways this might go viral, too (see Snapchat codes). Being able to post a small image anywhere on the web and it plays a song for you means sharing music becomes a lot easier. This is bound to be great for Spotify as well as everyone who likes listening.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

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  • What's the benefit of sharing the code instead of a link that people can just click on to open it right in the spotify app?
  • Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. Seems like this makes it unnecessarily difficult.
  • This gives me unpleasant flashbacks to the days when QR codes were splashed all over every damn thing and no one ever scanned them.
  • I don't understand the enthusiasm
  • Same
  • I must be old... How is it an improvement to take away the ability to share a song and replace it with the ability to scan a picture that might link to the song you wanted to share?
  • I think this for cases when you want to share music/song to someone whos not in your contact list/whatsapp. Like friends friend or stranger at concert.
  • I guess I'll have to see it in action, because this doesn't make much sense.
  • Yeah I don't understand how this makes up for anything either..
  • Yay?