Spotify add crossfade and gapless playback features

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Thumbnail image for spotify header.jpgSpotify users rejoice! Your party playlist megamixes just got a whole lot more professional sounding, as the digital music streaming platform have added gapless playback and crossfade features to the desktop application.

Gapless playback means that you’ll no longer get those annoying pauses between playlist or album tracks (particularly noticeable if you’re a classical or dance music fan), while the ability to tweak crossfade settings from 1 to 12 seconds between tracks will be particularly useful for bedroom DJs.

Gustav Söderström, VP Products at Spotify, said: “Gapless playback and crossfade have been some of the most eagerly awaited Spotify features on your wish list.

“Whether you’re listening to Wagner’s Gotterdammerung or The Wonders of the Deep by The Chemical Brothers, this latest update will make Spotify better than ever before. It’s time to get the party started.”

Other features of the update include improved sorting options, faster browsing, a restore feature for Now Playing, better friend and favourites options, a more visible offline mode option and the abilitiy to hide purchase buttons for Spotify Premium users.

No word yet on whether these features are also headed to the mobile apps, butwe’ll keep you posted.

Automatically rolling out to all users now, the impatient music fans among you can get early access by manually installing the update. Click here for the Mac version, and here for Windows.

Gerald Lynch