Spotify Launches Spotify Kids App With Parental Controls

Posted: Oct 31 2019, 11:36pm CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Spotify launches Spotify Kids app with parental controls

Children can now listen to their favorite songs on a Spotify app that's built for them.

Spotify has just unveiled its standalone app for kids, called Spotify Kids, and it's now available on beta in Ireland, with plans to expand to more countries in the coming months.

In a Q&A on the Swedish music streaming platform's website, Spotify Spotify’s Chief Premium Business Officer Alex Norström said the Spotify Kids app builds on the Family Plan experience for all members of the family.

"We know that families love listening together—whether it’s while driving in the car or cooking dinner together in the kitchen. But we also know that family members love to listen on their own too," Norström said.

Spotify Kids is a platform where kids can enjoy their music, without parents having to worry about whether the songs that their kids listen to are safe.

Users with Spotify Premium Family membership can simply download the Spotify Kids app from the App Store or Google Play on their children's devices and sign in to their regular Spotify account.

The app will prompt parents to create an account for kids, choose what content they can see and let them pick their avatar and color theme. The app is designed for kids ages 3 and up.

Spotify Kids' user experience is entirely different from the existing Spotify app as it is designed with kids in mind.

Norström said the contents within the Kids app are handpicked by editors who come from leading media brands for kids such as Nickelodeon, Disney, Discovery Kids, and Universal Pictures.

The executive added that in the future, Spotify will enhance parental control features for the app and introduce more contents beyond music, including stories, audiobooks and podcasts.

The launch of Spotify Kids comes at a time when tech companies are facing scrutiny over publishing contents for children.

Back in June, Google-owned streaming giant YouTube was reported to be planning on transferring all children’s content into the company’s existing standalone YouTube Kids app so as to prevent children from ending up watching unpleasant videos.

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