I’m an app developer by profession and have just written a blog post about how Connecting To Host co-host John Wordsworth and myself built a way for us to listen to the same music at the exact same time via two different streaming services whilst playing Rocket League:

Before Apple Music launched in April 2015 I was a longtime Spotify user and subscriber. I maintained a playlist I affectionately called Ben Dodson’s Definitive Hits Collection which contained nearly 45 hours of songs I thought were particularly good. On most Tuesday nights, my friend and podcast co-host John Wordsworth and I play a few rounds of Rocket League and we will regularly have the Definitive Hits on whilst we play. There are two issues with this:

  • As I use Apple Music now, I don’t pay for a Spotify premium account and so I have to put up with adverts (which are utterly terrible).
  • They aren’t in sync so we might be humming (or badly singing) along to a song that the other person isn’t listening to.

Now I could just recreate the playlist in Apple Music to solve the Spotify ads issue but we still wouldn’t be in sync. As we’re both developers, we decided to remedy this problem with a fairly convoluted solution…

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