Music-streaming platform Spotify is reportedly working on adding support for local music playback on Android, according to a tipster. Notable reverse engineer expert Jane Manchun Wong has informed that Spotify’s app on Android could well have an on-device or local files support.
There is also a screenshot that shows a toggle which can be enabled to ‘Show device files.’ Now, Spotify users will not need to sync from the desktop in order to play the music which has been stored locally on the phone. Hence, it is not clear as to whether this feature will be limited only to the Spotify Premium users or for all the users on the platform.
The toggle under Spotify’s settings which can be seen in the screenshot shared by Jane Manchun Wong has given us an option to turn on the ‘Show device files’ option. It will also show all the audio files that are there on the user’s device in Your Library. If the first impression is anything to go by, the app will be able to scan the phone for audio files which have been saved and it will then show then in the Your Library section on the app.
As of now, users have to login to their accounts on the mobile app as well as Spotify on the desktop to be able to listen to locally downloaded files. At the same time, they also have to be synced in the same local network.
However, once this feature is finally rolled out, it will bring the music streaming app to the levels of YouTube Music, which allows users play locally stored files as well as uploaded songs.
The platform has also introduced the Stories feature on Android and iOS to a limited group of artists.