02 December 2020
Spotify app on Android may soon allow you to listen to the songs stored in your local library. This is apparent from an observation by the reverse engineer Jane Munchun Wang. According to her tweet, Spotify is finally adding on-device files support on Android. Also, a screenshot shared by her in the tweet shows how the feature would look like.
Spotify is finally working on on-device local files support for Android!— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) December 6, 2020
No need to sync it from your desktop anymore :D pic.twitter.com/fVKiFAyxbs
As apparent in the screenshot, the feature is available under the Import section in the app settings. The feature is labeled “Show device files” and available as a toggle. So, once the feature rolls out, you will able to turn on the toggle. Once you turn on the feature, Spotify will then scan your device’s internal storage for saved audio files and import them on the app.
It is currently unclear whether the local music playback support will be a premium feature or not. It should be noted that YouTube Music already allows users to play audio files from their local library for free. So, we may see Spotify adding this feature free to its users as well.
Note that not all spotted features land too early. Developers take time to roll them out.
In related news, Spotify was spotted testing the Stories feature as well. The feature is currently in a public beta. Tapping on the Stories icon shows a series of photos and videos shared by artists. The content shown in every story will get auto-deleted exactly after 24 hours of posting it, similar to what you see on a number of apps, including Snapchat and Instagram.
Spotify | Android | Play Store, Free