Sharing music is one of the best ways to get to know others, and there’s nothing like getting a shared playlist to gather people.
Fortunately, music apps understand how important music sharing is, and have placed in place shared playlists that allow users to share music in a single playlist.
So here’s how to create a collaboration playlist with two of the most common music service to that end. Notice that we are not leaving Apple Music out of lack of interest but because the service does not allow collaborative playlists at the time of writing.
Any Spotify playlist will collaborate with a prompt edit. Go to your library, and either pick or build your favorite playlist. I find this easier to do on the ios app, since there’s a more popular option to toggle on collaboration, but it can be done on the desktop client as well. When in the folder, click on the ellipsis to pull the editing options up. You’ll see the choice “Make Collaborative” shortly down the list. All you need to do is tap on that.
Copy the connection to the playlist once you have done that, and send it to whomever you wish to collaborate with. Bear in mind that anyone who has the connection can edit a shared playlist, but by keeping the playlist secret you can cut down on potential unwanted edits.
Google is going all-in on YouTube Music, discontinuing, and dumping Google Play Music full of features in its favor. If you want to work on one of your playlists, go to your library and then pick the playlist of your choosing. In the browser version of the web, this is easiest to do but you can do it on the iPhone as well.
While in the playlist, click on the “Edit Playlist” button, which will show you some general playlist details. You have to make it public or unlisted, to make it collaborative. The edit box has a tab labeled “Collaborate” on the browser version which makes this quite simple. By clicking on that tab you can see a toggle for collaborators to add songs and videos to the playlist. Toggling that on will turn on the “Allow new collaborators” function, turning this on will give you a connection to invite potential collaborators to send in.
And it is! Now you can use Spotify and YouTube Music to create collaborative playlists. Good luck!