Music streaming platform, Spotify has rolled out its live audio chat app, Greenroom on Android and iOS across 135 countries including Nigeria.
Greenroom is a revamped version of the Locker Room app developed by Betty Labs, which was acquired by Spotify in March. The dark-themed app comes with Clubhouse-like features that let users engage in live audio conversations without needing an invite.
Create or join live audio rooms
Like Clubhouse, you can hop into any audio room on Spotify Greenroom. You can also create a new room to host your own live discussions. Room suggestions for you are based on the topics you choose.
Click Join room to enter an ongoing audio chat or New room to host yours. You can sign in to the app using your existing Spotify login details or register as a new user.
Record your audio chats and convert to podcasts
Interestingly, any Greenroom user can turn their hosted audio conversations into podcasts that can later be uploaded on Spotify.
Your podcast does not have to be on a technical subject or feature a famous person, as long as it’s appealing to your audience and abides by Spotify’s terms and conditions. When you create a room, make sure you enable Get room recording to receive a copy of the podcast via email.
You can earn between $2 and $4 per 1000 streams on Spotify podcast, depending on factors such as stream duration, number of paid vs free users and country of stream. The average pay-out per stream on Spotify is $0.003.
App bugs and glitches in crowded rooms
When you host or join a room, you may experience some click freeze as more people are added to the conversation. Worse still, the app might just stop working altogether and you’d have to restart it. Perhaps this is because Greenroom is still in the early access stage and being tested by Spotify.
Clear sound quality
Audio chat sounds on Greenroom are clear and audible without in-app surrounding interference. Conversations are also spontaneous and happening in real-time.
Sometimes, hosts and speakers talk at the same time but you hear them both. There are no intrusive ads to worry about as well.
Locating speakers takes some time
You would have to scroll up and down for a while just to see who’s speaking in a room at a particular time during conversations, which happens on Clubhouse too. This means that if you want to speak on Greenroom, you may not get permitted in time and users in the audience may not quickly identify who is speaking.
Twitter Spaces, on the other hand, clearly shows the host and speakers so there’s no confusion.
If you have checked out Spotify Greenroom, then share your thoughts with us in the comments section.
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