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Spotify adds ‘long-requested’ parental control feature to Family Plan

Spotify adds 'long-requested' parental control feature to Family Plan


Spotify adds ‘long-requested’ parental control feature to Family Plan


Spotify has really been active over the past few months, updating its app to include everything from podcast discovery features to curated mixes for your morning commutes.

Spotify’s latest addition to the music streaming app includes a tool that gives adults better control over the content children listen to.

Rolling out on Monday in Ireland and spreading to other countries “soon,” Spotify’s new Premium Family Plan allows parents to filter out songs with swearing and other explicit content. The ability to toggle the feature off will be password protected so kids can’t do it themselves without knowledge of the parent’s passcode.

“At a time where parents are trying to reduce screen time for both themselves and their family, we’re creating more ways for families to bond over music together, while still celebrating individual tastes and giving parents more control if they want it,” Spotify’s chief premium business officer Alex Norstrom said in a press release.

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The company says the parental control feature was “long-requested” on community boards.

There’s also a new “Family Mix” feature that gives you and your loved ones access to the same personalized playlist. It will be updated periodically and includes an option to limit who can listen to a specific “session.”

The Premium Family plan, which costs $14.99 for up to six people who reside at the same address, reduces costs for families since a standard Premium account is $9.99 for one person. 

The news comes as Spotify tests out a price increase for family subscribers in Scandinavia to see whether it can bump up prices around the world, according to a recent report.

Spotify first launched its regular Family plan in 2014, and says that the most-listened-to artists for families include Ariana Grande, Drake and Billie Eilish. The single “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga was one of the top most-streamed songs globally across plan members since it launched five years ago.

Follow Dalvin Brown on Twitter: @Dalvin_Brown.


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