14th June 2024

Spotify is shutting down Spotify Reside, the corporate instructed Music Ally on Monday. Beforehand generally known as Spotify Greenroom, the standalone stay audio app got here out of Spotify’s $62 million acquisition of Betty Labs in 2021. Shortly after the deal went by way of, Spotify rebranded the startup’s Locker Room app to Spotify Greenroom, and expanded the scope of the expertise to incorporate matters outdoors of sports activities. Then, virtually precisely a yr in the past, the streaming large renamed the platform but once more and built-in a few of its performance into the primary Spotify app.

“After a interval of experimentation and learnings round how Spotify customers work together with stay audio, we’ve made the choice to sundown the Spotify Reside app,” a Spotify spokesperson instructed Music Ally. “We imagine there’s a future for stay fan-creator interactions within the Spotify ecosystem; nonetheless, primarily based on our learnings, it now not is sensible as a standalone app. We’ve got seen promising leads to the artist-focused use case of ‘listening events,’ which we are going to proceed to discover shifting ahead to facilitate stay interactions between artists and followers.”

Spotify didn’t instantly reply to Engadget’s request for remark. Nevertheless, the corporate shared affirmation of the upcoming shutdown with TechCrunch. When Spotify first introduced it was shifting into stay audio on the peak of the medium in 2021, CEO Daniel Ek predicted the format would turn into ubiquitous. “Similar to Tales with video the place each main platform has them as a method for its viewers to speak with one another, I see stay audio equally,” he mentioned on the time. “I anticipate all of the platforms to have it.”

Nevertheless, on the finish of final yr, the corporate canceled a bunch of stay audio reveals, signaling a scaling again of its earlier ambitions. It’s value noting Spotify is just not the one firm to drag again from the format. Final Could, Fb father or mother firm meta introduced it was shutting down a bunch of audio merchandise, together with Soundbites, the short-form audio-sharing software it launched in 2021.

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