If you ever find yourself confined to your home, like now in these Covid-19 times, it’s good to know how to entertain yourself. Like how to listen to music with friends remotely.
We get it, you’re bored, socially deprived, and miss your friends and regular socializing.
But there are many ways how you can chat, meet new people, and enjoy remote social interactions.
With the apps and services below, you can create your own little party for the whole world or just your best friends.
5 Best Ways to Listen to Music Together
JQBX is a free music streaming app for iOS and Android that you can use to listen to music with friends or join public rooms.
- Share your music with friends and listen together (even if you are a continent away)
- Share your live video and audio while enjoying the music or just enjoy the music
- Create a public music room and become a DJ. Play your favorite songs and let other people join and rate your taste.
- Join a public music room and rate the music of other DJs.
But you need Spotify Premium to use the app. If you don’t have a paid subscription, then look for other methods below.
Your friends also need a Spotify subscription to use it (to adhere to copyright laws).
To listen to music make sure you have good headphones:
Requires Apple Music or Spotify
Vertigo uses the same concept as JQBX, and you can use it for free with Spotify Premium and Apple Music.
- You can listen to music with friends (syncs songs), so you listen collectively on a private channel
- Create a public channel/party for other people to join and be a DJ (best headphones for mixing)
- Join other people’s public rooms and let them surprise you with their song picks
Free but needs setup
Discord is a free application that’s popular with the gaming community (best gaming headphones). And it doesn’t require any premium subscriptions.
You can share 1 song or whole playlists (less management).
It takes a bit of setup, but once you’re set, it’s easy to use, and you can enjoy the same music with friends.
Basic steps you need to follow:
- Download and install Discord (it’s free) – App Store download – Google Play download
- Create a new server and invite your friends to join – check the tutorial below.
- Install the wanted music bot. Rythmbot is a good one. It supports YouTube, SoundCloud, and Twitch.
Here’s a tutorial on how to install music bots.
- Once you have the music bot installed, you can listen to any songs from YouTube with some basic commands. Check the video above for the ones you need.
And with Discord, you can also chat, share screen and obviously, play games together.
More: Groovy music bot supports sharing Spotify playlists too.
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Works with free Spotify
Quorus is a simple app that lets you co-create music playlists together with friends or random strangers.
Start your session or join an existing one.
In your live session, you can invite friends over to create your own unique jam and enjoy it jointly at the same time. Your friends will put on their suggestions.
And if you feel open to meet new people and collaborate on a brand new, never-before-heard playlist, you can create a public session.
It does work with free Spotify with limitations. However, Spotify Premium is highly recommended for full features.
It’s simpler than the apps above (JQBX, Vertigo) but might be just enough to stave off the feeling of loneliness in times of isolation.
Free but limited to your music
Twitch Music lets you share your music with the audience, but you have to own the music to do so or have the rights.
In other apps, music streaming services and YouTube take care of the copyright laws. On Twitch, you’re only able to stream what you produce. More info here.
Nonetheless, if you’re a starting musician and want an audience while you’re playing from home, Twitch is the way to go.
It’s free, very popular globally, and works better than most similar applications. You’re sure to get the biggest audience here.
Here’s the getting started guide.
How to Watch YouTube Videos Together?
If you want to share more than music, there’s a way too.
There’s a website that shows you how to watch YouTube videos together with friends over long distances.
Watch YouTube and chat for free
It’s a website and works without registration. So, no install needed.
You can use it on mobile or desktop, and it’s super simple.
Go to the website.
- Create your room
- Invite your friends
- Choose the YouTube videos you want to watch together
- Enjoy funny and interesting videos, comment, or chat about random things
It supports YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and SoundCloud. You can even shop on Amazon together or create joint playlists.
How to Watch Netflix Together?
You might be isolated in your own home, all alone, thanks to the social distancing rules and fighting the Covid-19. But you don’t have to watch your favorite Netflix content alone.
Works on Chrome only and requires Netflix subscription
Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension, and it’s very easy to install.
Only the person creating the sharing room requires to install it. Click here for Chrome Web Store link.
Once you have it:
- Choose a movie or show and pause it
- Then create your party by clicking on the red “NP” button (next to the address bar)
- Invite your friends by sharing the party URL to join and comment on it in the chat
- Once the movie or episode ends, you need to recreate the room again (one of the drawbacks of the extension)