Spotify, my music streaming service of choice, has just introduced a neat new feature to its iOS app that makes previewing music so much quicker and easier.
The new feature is called Touch Preview. And aptly so, as it lets you touch and hold to preview a playlist, song, album, or artist. Just drag your finger across the screen to sample different songs, which are represented by their respective album arts.
You can preview all you want. Rest assured that you’ll be taken back to where you left off in your previous listening session once you’re done.
Touch Preview is apparently inspired by the hold-to-view gesture made popular by Snapchat. As it happens, another gesture made popular by a social networking app — Tinder, this time — may very well be the inspiration for a sub-feature of Touch Preview.
Making building playlists quicker and easier as well, Touch Preview lets you swipe a track you’re previewing to the left to save it to Your Music or right to queue it to play next.
Check out Touch Preview in action in this video:
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Touch Preview is coming to Spotify for iOS today, with other platforms to follow.
As an avid user of Spotify, I’m delighted of this new feature, which makes discovering music from the service’s library of 30 million tracks feel less like a chore for me and the rest of its 60 million active users.
See also: Rdio update offers a new music weekly station and smarter sharing with friends, Ahead of rumored Beats Music relaunch, Apple acquires music analytics startup Semetric, and Don’t have CarPlay for audio? Check out the new version of iHeartRadio for Auto.