Last year Spotify launched a beta stand alone app specifically designed for kids ages three and up. At the time it was only available in select countries and began its rollout in Ireland.
Spotify Kids, promises an ad-free, safe environment for children to listen to their favorite songs and stories. With more kids home from school and day care, the timing of this release couldn’t be better.
Other content delivery services such as YouTube have already placed a strong focus on having a safe space for kids to watch or listen to content that is appropriate for their age group. I guess this is a better option than having your baby sitter let you watch Children of The Corn. After which many countless nights were spent staring out the bedroom window thinking some crazy eyed kid was going to crawl through the window and say “he wants you too Malachi!”
The app while in beta was initially only available in Ireland followed by Sweden, Denmark, the U.K, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil. Starting today the Spotify Kids app rolls out in Canada, the U.S and France.
The app currently features over 8,000 kid friendly songs that includes lullabies and calming music for bed time. Spotify is also increasing the amount of educational content as well as adding to the list of 8,000 songs in all markets daily.
We’re constantly working on ways to make the Kids experience even better, and we had the opportunity to take into consideration the ideas and feedback from parents who have already used the app with their kids.–Spotify press release: March 31, 2020
More to love
- In the U.S. and Canada, there are now more than 8,000 songs available in the Kids app—that’s 30% more than when we first launched. And because variety is the spice of life, every day we’re adding more songs in all markets. We’ve also added more audiobooks and stories to the library, including Disney Music Group Stories, fairytales, classics, and short stories.
Bedtime is even better
- Parents told us that they love using Kids around bedtime, so we’ve added more lullabies, calming music and sounds, and bedtime stories to help lull your little ones to sleep. Sweet dreams!
A more customized experience
- Parenting is personal. That’s why we’re working on giving parents more control over what kids can (and can’t) listen to and new features that will allow parents to further customize the experience. In addition, half of the content you’ll find in Kids is based on what’s popular in the country you live in.
Even more educational content
- There has always been a focus on educational musical content for kids on the app, including a playlist hub called Learning that features songs that teach kids about counting, the ABC’s, science, and more. Recently, we also added a new global playlist with songs to help kids learn general hygiene best practices, like how to wash their hands and cough and sneeze properly into their elbows. This playlist features the newly released song from Pinkfong, “Wash Your Hands with Baby Shark.” Plus, relevant educational content on the app will continue to grow.
We even have some new offerings specifically for our U.S. users. Here are some of the unique features U.S. families can expect:
- The U.S. is a melting pot of cultures, and the music our listeners stream reflects that. So in addition to all the core favorites you’d expect, the U.S. Kids app also includes Spanish-language, country, Christian, Motown, and soul dance party playlists.
Pop culture crazy
- Just like the main Spotify app, Kids taps into the big cultural moments listeners love. For example, we know that movies and music go hand in hand, which is why you’ll find the Trolls World Tour playlist and an official Frozen playlist featured in the app.
Because two heads are better…
- We’re working alongside children’s brands like Disney Music Group, KIDZ BOP, and Nickelodeon to create totally unique Spotify Kids content and experiences. Stay tuned: we think you’ll like what you hear.
The Spotify Kids app is available exclusively for Spotify Premium Family subscribers at no additional charge and is available for download on iOS or Android devices.