Spotify announced the launch of some new features for “gapless playback” and crossfade. The features come with an update to its desktop version that is rolling out this week.
Gapless playback enables songs to play right after one another without pause. The company says this is ideal for dance and classical music in particular, as well as live recordings and concept albums.
The feature will be switched on by default, but you can adjust it in the preferences.
The crossfade feature enables users to set tracks to fade out and the next to fade in. “You can select the exact number of seconds you want your songs to crossfade (from 1 to 12 seconds) by visiting your Spotify Preferences and flipping the ‘on’ switch,” the company says.
Crossfade will need to be turned on in preferences.
Spotify also shares a quote from DJ Paul Okenfold, who says, “I use Spotify daily. Many of my own releases are mixed so I’m delighted to hear Spotify will now offer gapless playback and crossfade so my fans can experience the mixes on Spotify in the way they normally do in the clubs.”
Other new features of the update include: faster artist browsing ,sorting improvements, a new save/restore feature for “now playing,” subscribe ,buddy list and favorites improvements, drag and drop fix for Windows, a “hide purchases” button for premium users, and offline ode via the Spotify menu.