Spotify launches two new personalized playlists based on most-played tracks

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Spotify launches two new personalized playlists based on most-played tracksSpotify Image Playlist Repeat Rewind On Repeat

Spotify is capitalizing on personalized playlists curated for listeners with its latest addition of two new playlists: On Repeat and Repeat Rewind. Like their titles imply, the playlists compile songs that users have replayed the most. On Repeat and Repeat Rewind join a growing list of Spotify’s personalized playlists—a top-selling feature that users love and competitors have replicated in their own models. YouTube Music rolled out its own Discovery Mix playlist on Sept. 21. Similarly, Apple Music has its personalized mix, My New Music Mix, for its users as well.

On Repeat focuses on users’ most-played tracks over the past 30 days and auto-updates with more time spent listening on Spotify. Repeat Rewind does the same, but on songs users loved playing more than a month ago. The two complementary playlists are not genre-specific and do not overlap with each other. Both playlists allow users to revisit their favorite songs over different periods of time and update every five days.

Users can access their unique On Repeat and Repeat Rewind playlists in the “Made for You” or the “Uniquely Yours” section of the Spotify app. Spotify’s other personalized playlists include Discover Weekly, Release Radar, Your Summer Rewind, Your Daily Drive, and more.

H/T: TechCrunch

Spotify acquires new production platform, moves to help artists create their music

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Spotify acquires new production platform, moves to help artists create their musicSpotify Ceo Daniel Ek Credit Wsj

Spotify announced on Thursday, September 12, its acquisition of global audio production and collaboration marketplace SoundBetter. The production platform will be integrated under Spotify for Artists, a segment of services that provides more than 400,000 artists and their teams a diversity of tools that supports them with track management, insights, promotion, and more. With the addition of SoundBetter, artists can now utilize the marketplace to help them in the creation process of making new music.

“SoundBetter offers the most comprehensive global marketplace for music and audio production professionals for hire in the world along with a member community spanning 176 countries and 14,000 cities worldwide,” stated SoundBetter co-founder and CEO Shachar Gilad.

Established in 2012, SoundBetter encompasses a community of more than 180,000 producers, singers, songwriters, mixing and mastering engineers, and session musicians. The platform also allows users to post job listings either seeking or offering their own audio professional services.

“As we build out our tools for creators, we want to give them the resources they need to thrive. SoundBetter has the same vision. We’re excited that creators can generate income through SoundBetter, as well as benefit from its network of top professionals—from instrumentalists to songwriters to producers—as they perfect their tracks”, said Spotify’s VP Product and Strategy Beckwith Kloss.

H/T: Billboard

Spotify testing new in-app ‘create podcast’ feature

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Spotify showed their podcast-centric intentions earlier this year when they acquired Anchor, a leading streaming app for the media format for an estimated $140 million. Soon, users of the Swedish-born streaming service will see these intentions come to fruition as a “create podcast” button was recently uncovered in the Spotify app. The button is expected to allow virtually anyone with a smartphone to record, edit, and publish podcasts straight from the palm of their hand.

The new feature was first spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, who’s earned a reputation by finding incoming features by reverse engineering and exploring popular apps from the backend, including Instagram and Facebook.

Spotify’s admiration of the opportunities in the podcasting world comes as no surprise, as the company itself noted that it’s willing to spend up to $500 million to explore its burgeoning market. The company expects their investment into podcasts will eventually lead to 20 percent of all Spotify streaming being non-music content.

H/T: The Verge

Tycho designed an app to curate playlists based on users’ local weather

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Tycho designed an app to curate playlists based on users’ local weatherIphone Rain

Accomplished producer Tycho is diving into the realm for technology with the launch of a brand new a web application that is the first of its kind. The artist worked with app developer Lee Martin to create Forecast, the web application that designs playlists based on the weather in the users’ location.

The app is simple in its design, inspired by many of Tycho’s single and album cover artworks. As it is simple in design, Forecast is also easy to use. The application locates the user, and within seconds curates a weather-inspired playlist that can be saved either to Spotify or Apple Music. Whether you’re looking to lean into the rainy day blues or you’re reaching for poolside pop, Forecast is ready for action, so give it a try.

Tool’s entire catalog now available for streaming ahead of their first new album in 13 years

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Tool’s entire catalog now available for streaming ahead of their first new album in 13 yearsTool 2006

When streaming services really started picking up steam, there was a lot of pushback from prominent artists who opposed the dismal royalty rates (Apple Music currently sits at $0.00735 per stream). Radiohead, The Beatles, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and Tool were just some of the major players who withheld their extensive catalogs from these services, much to the dismay of fans.

However, every one of these artists eventually gave in and made their music available across the streaming spectrum, the most recent of which was Tool. This move comes just ahead of the anticipated release date for Fear Inoculum, Tool’s first album in 13 years which is scheduled to be out on August 30, 2019.

Rumors had been circulating of late that the progressive rock paragons would release their music to streaming services. Mainly because Tool profiles appeared on Apple Music and Spotify in May even though they didn’t feature any music. They did, however, include branded photos and a description blurb that matched the band’s indelible legacy.

Now those rumors have become reality, and the band’s four studio albums can be enjoyed on all major streaming platforms, with the fifth undoubtedly joining them upon release. Hit the links below to get listening.

Apple Music

Spotify

Amazon Music

iTunes

Google Play

Tidal

Soundcloud

Deezer

Pandora

YouTube Music

Apple eyes expansion of original podcast material, moves to make deals with media companies

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Apple eyes expansion of original podcast material, moves to make deals with media companiesApple Music Interface

Apple will reportedly aim to expand its podcast platform by licensing exclusive and original podcasts, to “pursue the kind of deals it didn’t make before,” according to Bloomberg. The financially focused news outlet additionally claimed that Apple executives have already begun to open dialogues with media companies to discuss buying exclusive rights to podcast programming.

Apple’s Podcasts app for iPhone and iPad has been in existence since 2012. To date, Apple has facilitated the platform in a mostly passive manner: although the tech giant has hosted podcasts for years, it has not actively invested in original podcasts or devised plans to roll out its own content via Podcast to any great extent. By contrast, Apple Music competitor, Spotify, pledged up to $500 million to the development of podcasts and even recently struck a multi-year deal with Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, which will produce podcast content for the Swedish streaming giant. Spotify additionally owns podcasting firms Gimlet Media, Parcast, and Anchor.

Spotify isn’t alone in its effort to expand its podcast content. Not long after it acquired Pandora, SiriusXM instituted the music streaming service’s first-ever content team, which will devote its creative energy to the development of Pandora’s own original podcast material. Moreover, Apple, Spotify, and SiriusXM alike are interested in striking podcast partnerships with prominent artists.

The entities’ commitment to not only broadening their respective platforms’ podcasting content, but to conceptualizing podcasts specific to their own brands is timely, to say the least. The podcast’s rise in popularity reflects in Edison Research’s 2019 Infinite Dial Survey, which found that more than 50 percent of Americans aged 12 or older have listened to a podcast. Edison Research noted that this is the very first time that this figure has ever surpassed the halfway mark. One-third of the United States population—90 million listeners—meanwhile stated that they’d streamed a podcast in the last month, comprising 40 percent of American youths aged 12 to 24.  

H/T: Billboard

Spotify launches new Spotify Lite platform in 36 countries

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36 countries will serve as test grounds for Spotify Lite—a data, storage, and battery-sensitive alternative to Spotify’s fully fledged music streaming service. Spotify Lite, which first debuted in Brazil during the summer of 2018, uses no more than 10 MB of listeners’ smartphone and tablet storage space.

According to the Swedish streaming giant, the lite version of the application also requires less battery life, as several features characteristic of the original Spotify, like Connect, are not available on Spotify Lite. Users are also not able to enact advanced searches; the new Lite’s platform’s search function only furnishes links to albums and playlists, thereby enabling the alternative version to use less battery. Spotify Lite’s provision of lower-quality audio is one additional adjustment that leads to the app’s decreased battery use.

In contrast to the regular Spotify platform, Spotify Lite necessitates a minimal amount of data, and offers lite streamers an unprecedented amount of control over their monthly data usage. Spotify Lite downloaders can set a monthly mobile data cap for the app. Cap options include 250 MB, 500 MB, 750 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, and 3 GB. App users will receive a push notification when they reach their predetermined data limit.

“With Spotify Lite, you can easily control your data and storage. It’s only 10 MB, so it’s quick to install and load while offering the same great listening experience that lets you discover, play, and enjoy millions of songs,” Spotify staff noted in a blog post featured on the company website.

Spotify Lite is currently only available on Android devices. The music streaming giant has not yet announced whether it would develop a lite edition of its flagship application for iOS.

Spotify rescinds its direct-upload program for artists

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Spotify announced the termination of its direct-upload program after rolling out the beta platform in September 2018. This directly affects artists who were using the program to directly upload tracks to Spotify. Now, artists have to use the streaming platform’s distribution partners such as Distrokid, CD Baby, Tunecore, Ditto, Stem, and others; thus paying a fee to upload music.

In a statement by Spotify, they’ve publicly rationalized the decision as support for their distribution partners that are already in place to serve the artist community and quality control, helping protect other artists from copyright infringement.

Artists who’ve already taken advantage of the self-distribution beta and gained high play counts and playlist placements have before July 30 to chose an approved distributor. Spotify is working closely with the distributors to ensure no valuable data is lost and are encouraging artists whose lives were enriched by the fleeting guise of independence to use Spotify for Artists and their playlist submission tool for a more hands-on resources for Spotify uploads.

H/T: Highsnobiety

Spotify tests new ‘social listening’ feature

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The competition among music streaming services is growing fiercer as traditional forms of music consumption dwindle. Major players like Spotify have to continually up the ante with what they offer subscribers, and the Swedish company is now testing their latest feature: social listening.

Spotify has been at the forefront in terms of integrating social media into their platform. They made sharing music easier than ever by providing specific links for platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp, Messages, and even universal shareable links. Subscribers can also, follow, make, and edit playlists together. Now, with social listening, subscribers can listen to music simultaneously.

The feature is only being tested by Spotify employees at this time, so there aren’t many specifics surrounding the service for regular subscribers. A software engineer named Jane Manchun Wong unveiled the feature to the general public. She found it by searching through the application’s code and laid out her findings in a series of tweets.

Apparently there will be a new button marked “Connect With Friends” that will reveal a QR code. Once the code is scanned the two accounts are connected and will be able to listen to music together. From there, all accounts that have scanned the code will be on a list called “Already Connected” and will be able to use the feature at will.

H/T: Hypebeast

Orbit Playlist: Opiuo lays it the funk down before heading back to Lightning In A Bottle

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Orbit Playlist: Opiuo lays it the funk down before heading back to Lightning In A BottleOpiuo Press Shot 1 1 1

Bass breeder of a most funk-infused variety, Opiuo has cooked up a special playlist for Dancing Astronaut ahead of his performance at central California’s next round of Lightning In A Bottle festival, on May 8.

The New Zealand-born, Australian resident, Opiuo takes listeners through the chromatic length of his aural crates, with tracks spanning tender, melodic house (Lane 8‘s “Atlas”) to foreboding mid-tempo electro (1788-L‘s “Cyberspace”). Like-minded funk and experimental bass producers run abound, with additional offerings from CloZee, G Jones, Big Gigantic, and of course, some innovative firepower from Opiuo himself to adequately ready Lightning In A Bottle attendees for a splendidly strange DJ set.

I’m so excited to be back at Lightning In A Bottle, one of my favourite festivals in North America,” says Opiuo. “Here are a bunch of songs I love from a bunch of friends and legends playing on the weekend. You can expect a tonne of brand new music from me on the night as we dance away into the bass heavy funkadelicoblivion.

Tickets to Lightning In A Bottle, held at Buena Vista Lake, as well as general festival information, can be found here.