How To create a Collaborative Playlist On Spotify

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December 12, 2023

A Spotify collaborative playlist is a playlist that multiple Spotify users can contribute to and edit. It allows a group of people to collaborate and create a shared playlist that reflects their collective music preferences. With just a few clicks, you can make any of your Spotify playlists “collaborative,” meaning that anyone who has the link can add songs to it.

What is a Spotify collaborative playlist?

A Spotify collaborative playlist is a unique feature that allows multiple Spotify users to contribute and curate a shared playlist. Unlike regular playlists, which are typically managed by a single user, collaborative playlists enable a group of individuals to collaborate and add or remove tracks.

When a playlist is set to collaborative mode, anyone with access to the playlist can contribute by adding songs, rearranging the track order, or even removing songs. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of shared ownership and allows friends, family, or a community of users to create a playlist together.

Related: Does Apple Music support collaborative playlist?

How to make a Spotify Collaborative playlist?

Note: this feature is only available on Spotify app, not including web player.

Open the Spotify app, create a playlist or open a playlist that you want to make it Collaborative. Keep in mind you can only do this for playlists you’ve created.

On Mobile:

  1. Open Spotify app. Tap Your Library and choose a playlist created by you.
  2. Tap Invite collaborators icon. This generates a link that’s valid for 7 days.
  3. Share the link to your friends. You can share to social or messaging apps or by copying a link.

On desktop:

1. Open Spotify app, go to the playlist and click the Invite collaborators icon.

2. This generates a link that’s valid for 7 days.

3. Share the link to your friends.

To invite others to collaborate on the playlist, you can share the playlist link with them via messaging apps, social media, or by directly copying the playlist link. Once others have access to the playlist, they can add, remove, and reorder songs within it.

Collaborators can contribute to the playlist by searching for songs, albums, or artists within the Spotify app or web player and then selecting the option to add them to the collaborative playlist. All changes made by collaborators are synchronized across all users who have access to the playlist.

Spotify collaborative playlists are a fun way to discover and share music with friends, organize playlists for events or parties, or collaborate on thematic playlists with a group of people who have similar music tastes.

Why can’t I find the Invite collaborators icon?

You can only Invite collaborators for playlists created by you. If a playlist is created by Spotify, there is no Invite Collaborators icon even you add it to Your Library.

If you want to make playlists created by Spotify collaborative, remember not to add it to Library directly.

Open the playlist, tap the three-dots icon and choose Add to other playlist.

Then select an existing playlist or create a new playlist.

Now the playlist is added to Your Library with Invite collaborators icon.

How to remove a collaborator?

On Mobile:

  1. Tap the profile pictures under the playlist name.
  2. Tap Horizontal 3 dots icon  (iOS) / Vertical 3 dots icon (Android) next to your friend’s name.
  3. Select Remove as collaborator.

On desktop:

  1. Click the profile pictures under the playlist name.
  2. Click Arrow down icon next to your friend’s name.
  3. Select Remove as collaborator.

How to add someone’s Collaborative playlist to your Library?

Once you send someone the link to your collaborative playlist, they can open and listen to that playlist by clicking on the link. However, unless they want to find and use the same link every time, they should add the playlist to their library.

Adding a playlist to your Spotify library saves it to your personal playlist collection, making it easy to find and open whenever you want.

To save a collaborative playlist to your library, open its link and load it in the Spotify app. Then click or tap the heart icon below the playlist name.

Related: How to use Spotify Blend to make a playlist with your and your friend’s favorite songs

Differences between Blend playlist and Collaborative playlist

Blend allows up to 10 users in one group to create shared playlists that merge their latest music tastes and it updates daily according to your listening habits. Any people in the Blend can add their friends.

You can also blend with artists. To see all of the artists you can Blend with and their invite links, check out our blog post.

  1. Get the artist’s Blend invite link: 
    a. From the artist’s social media account
    b. In the Artist pick playlist on their Spotify profile
  2. Tap the link. This opens the invite on the Spotify app.
  3. On the app, tap Go to Blend.

Songs in a Collaborative playlist are all added by the Creator and Collaborator. Spotify won’t add songs to it. Only the creator can invite collaborators.

Differences between Collaborative playlist and Spotify group session

Spotify offers two distinct social features for music enthusiasts: Group Sessions and Collaborative Playlists. Here’s a breakdown of their differences:

  1. Spotify Group Session:
    • Allows multiple users to listen to the same music simultaneously, irrespective of their physical locations.
    • Participants can interact with the playback, queue songs, and make real-time changes to enhance the shared listening experience.
    • Offers an interactive way for friends or colleagues to enjoy music together, with everyone having a say in what plays.
    • Exclusive to Spotify Premium users.
  2. Collaborative Playlists:
    • Enables users to create playlists that can be edited and modified by multiple people.
    • When a playlist is set as collaborative, it can be shared with others who can add, remove, or rearrange tracks within the playlist.
    • Facilitates collective music curation and collaboration among users, allowing everyone to contribute to building a playlist over time.
    • Available for both Spotify Premium and Free users.

In essence, Group Sessions provide a real-time shared listening experience, granting participants control over the music, while Collaborative Playlists emphasize the collaborative creation and modification of playlists among multiple users.

How to download Collaborative Playlist without Spotify premium?

Actually, Spotify free users can also download songs in the Collaborative Playlist for offline playback. All you need is Pazu Spotify Converter.

Pazu Spotify Converter is specially designed for you to download Spotify music to MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, AAC, and AIFF with either a free or premium account on Mac/Windows. Featuring a built-in Spotify web player, it allows you to download Spotify songs, albums and playlists even without Spotify app. With the adoption of advanced encryption technology, it’s able to keep all the converted audio files with 100% lossless audio quality and the original ID3 tags and metadata information. For more details, you can check them below.

Key features of Pazu Spotify Converter:

  • Download Spotify songs without Premium.
  • Convert Spotify to MP3/M4A/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF.
  • Best possible quality song download without any type of loss.
  • Keeps all the original ID3 tags: title, artist, artwork, etc.
  • No Requirement for the Spotify app.
  • Multilingual interface: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, 日本語, 简体中文.
  • Archive downloaded songs by album or artist.

1. Run Pazu Spotify Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows. Log in your Spotify account with the built-in web player.

convert Spotify to MP3

2. Choose output format

Click the ” Options ” button on the top right corner. Here you can select output format (MP3/M4A/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF), output quality, customize the output path, organize the output files in various ways, rename output files and more.

Spotify converter settings

3. Select Spotify songs, albums or playlists

Select the blend playlist you want to download and click the red “Add to list” button.

Spotify Blend

Spotify Converter will detect and display all songs. Uncheck the songs you don’t want to download if there are any.

convert Spotify to MP3

4. Convert Spotify Songs

Click the Convert button to start downloading Spotify songs in MP3 format.

convert Spotify to MP3

Once the conversion is done, click the folder icon to find the downloaded mp3 songs. You can then play them with your favorite MP3-supported music player.

Note: The free trial version of Pazu Spotify Converter enables you to convert the first three minutes of each song. You can remove the trial limitation by purchasing the full version.