19 December 2019
Spotify has announced a new app named Spotify Kids which is dedicated to kids. It is a stand-alone app available only for Family Premium users. The aim of the app is to make it easier for kids to navigate through apps and listen to their favorite tracks. It will even include kids appropriate songs from movies and TV shows.
While using the Spotify Kids app for the first time, kids will be able to choose from various avatars and themes. These can be changed later through app settings as well. In the current stage, the app has a collection of about 6,000 tracks that have been curated by Spotify editors. It includes tracks from brands like Nickelodeon, Disney, Discovery Kids, and Universal Pictures.
The app is currently available only in the beta stage and that too in Ireland. The team suggests it will collect feedback from select beta testers and then expand to other markets. It is worth noting that elders can decide whether to use the app for younger kids or slightly elder kids. The younger kids mode has tracks like lullabies and singalongs but with the other mode, you will get popular but age-appropriate tracks.
Alex Norstrom, Chief Premium Business Officer for Spotify said:
"Having a standalone app specifically for younger kids is a new space for Spotify, and we understand the sensitivities around content for children. As we evolve the Spotify Kids experience over time, we plan to enhance parental control features to allow for even more customization. We’ll also bring our audio expertise to the table with listening experiences that go beyond music—like more stories and audiobooks and eventually podcasts."
As said in the beginning, the Spotify Kids app can be accessed only if you have a Premium Family subscription. It is priced at $14.99 per month and offers access to up to six family members. If you have the plan and you are from Ireland, you can download and install the app on your Android and iOS devices from the respective app store.
- Spotify Kids | Android | Google Play Store, Free
- Spotify Kids | iOS | iTunes App Store, Free