You can now listen to recorded Spaces through the Twitter app for iOS

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What you need to know

  • Twitter is now allowing some hosts to record their Spaces.
  • Recorded Twitter Spaces can now be played back on iOS for the first time.

Twitter has announced that it is making two changes to its Spaces voice chat feature, although only one of those changes will be available for all users. That change is the ability for some hosts to now record their Spaces, while everyone can now listen to recorded Spaces using the iOS app.

The move means that people can now use Spaces in a way that's similar to how podcasts work, with TechCrunch also pointing out that the move comes after Clubhouse enabled something very similar called Replay.

Twitter made the announcement via its Twitter Support account.

To use the feature, a Spaces host will create their live audio room by giving their Space a title and selecting up to three tags to describe what the room's about, as usual. They can then toggle on the new setting, "Record Space," before tapping on the "Start a Space" button to begin their live audio session.

If someone joins a Twitter Space that's being recorded, they'll see a new "Rec" button with a red dot next to it at the top of the screen, showing them that a recording is taking place. That should prevent people from being recorded without their knowledge, although there are still ways and means for people to record Spaces if they really want to.

Any recorded Space can be shared across Twitter, allowing people to listen to what they missed out on. It'll all work in a way that immediately feels like podcasts, although it remains to be seen how creators will take to this option given the seeming lack of the metrics that advertisers would normally require.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.