Spotify is bringing the beta of its Kids app to France, Canada and the US, adding another service to the list for parents to keep their children entertained at home as much of the world is in lockdown thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
The iOS or Android app is only available to Spotify Premium Family subscribers and gives kids an ad-free experience that focuses on sing-a-longs, soundtracks and stories.
The Spotify Kids beta launched in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil and has 125 curated playlists to keep kids entertained. Spotify said it was working closely with Disney Music Group, KIDZ BOP and Nickelodeon “to create totally unique Spotify Kids content and experiences”.
The company also pushed the appeal of the app to its large US audience, boasting over 8,000 songs including Spanish language options, as well as culturally aware country, Christian and Motown sections.
There’s even a global playlist aimed at teaching kids good hygiene habits, particularly useful and pertinent at this time. Parents will have to bite their tongues when “Wash your Hands with Baby Shark” comes on for the fourteenth time in a row – it’s for their own safety.
Spotify Kids was created after a failed attempt to add parental controls to the main Spotify app that let children access many explicit true crime podcasts.