Spotify launches curated playlists for pets

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Spotify launches curated playlists for petsSpotify Pet Playlists

In streaming giant Spotify‘s latest strategic move, the Swedish company has unveiled a new playlist offering tailored specifically for pets. Dubbed Pet Playlists, the algorithmically-curated playlists generate around 30 tracks based on basic information filled out by users. The launch follows growing initiatives by Spotify into capitalizing on both their personalized playlist offerings including On Repeat and Repeat Rewind and other exclusive features such as a “create podcast” button and “Tastebuds“.

Pet Playlists has been customized for five different pet animals including dogs, cats, birds, iguanas, and hamsters. Users are prompted to fill out a few personality traits about their pets. Spotify’s technology then analyzes mutual music preferences between users and their pets and syncs user song libraries to curate a final selection.

Spotify conducted a global online survey that showed 71% of pet owners play music for their pets. In researching the development of the playlist algorithm, the digital platform tapped musicologist David Teie—whose expertise as a multi-composer of music for cats and America’s National Symphony Orchestra cellist helped influence the resulting algorithm.

H/T: Billboard

Spotify Unveils Playlists For Pets

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Soon there will be a Spotify playlist for every single aspect of your life. Today, the streaming giant unveiled their latest algorithmic concoction: playlists for your pets. The idea seems to be that owners play music for their pets quite a bit, and now Spotify thinks they’ve devised a way to more perfectly curate it … More »

Playlist Of The Week (Week 1) : New EDM This Week

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Welcome to 2020 everybody! I decided my 2020 goal was to get people to go off the beaten path a bit to find their music. Yes, Spotify, Deezer, & Apple editorials are a nice discovery outlet, but have you noticed they seem to all be filled with the same artists, labels & tracks? Me too.

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Spotify’s newest social feature, ‘Tastebuds,’ in the works

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Spotify’s newest social feature, ‘Tastebuds,’ in the worksSpotify

One of Spotify‘s biggest competitive advantages in the music streaming war has always been its social features. The “friend activity” bar available on desktop has always been a fun (though invasive feeling at times) way to check in on friends, and every December social media sites are flooded with year-end Spotify wrapped reports. Now, Spotify looks to capitalize on their advantage further by introducing yet another social feature.

“Tastebuds” will mark new ground for the music streaming giant, offering a way for users to interact within the app rather than sending Spotify links through other platforms. So far, the only description of the addition’s functionality has been discovered in Spotify’s code by Jane Manchun Wong; it reads, “now you can discover music through friends whose taste you trust.”

At this time, there is no information about when the prototype will be available to the public.

Netflix Announces Drama Series About Spotify

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SpotifyThe story of one streaming service is coming to another streaming service. Today, Netflix has announced a new, as-yet untitled scripted drama series about the rise of Spotify. Inspired by Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud’s book Spotify Untold, produced by Yellow Bird UK, and directed by Per-Olav Sørensen, the Swedish and English language show will … More »

Spotify names Billie Eilish’s debut LP the most-streamed album of 2019

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Spotify names Billie Eilish’s debut LP the most-streamed album of 2019Billie Eilish Debut Album E1554050828895

At just 17 years old, Billie Eilish has released Spotify’s most listened to album of the year, becoming the first female artist to ever claim the title. The California-based singer/songwriter amassed a walloping 6 billion streams for the year, and if her recent audio exposé “Everything I Wanted” is any indication, it seems like Eilish’s artistic discovery may be just beginning.

Spotify’s Most-Streamed Artist of 2019, however, goes to the universally adorned Post Malone, who leapfrogged his way to the head of the pack in the 12 weeks since the release of Hollywood’s Bleeding, the genre-bending vocalist’s third consecutive LP to seem destined for the upper echelon of critical acclaim. Streaming royalty Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran take the third and fourth spots of most-streamed artists for the year (with Eilish nabbing second).

Drake has had a light year in terms of releases, but it’s still strange not to see the crowned King of The Stream making any of the yearly lists. Fear not though, as the Canadian rapper wears his crown comfortably atop the Decade’s Most Streamed Artists, below.

Spotify’s Global Top Lists 2019:

Most-Streamed Artists

  1. Post Malone
  2. Billie Eilish
  3. Ariana Grande
  4. Ed Sheeran
  5. Bad Bunny

 Most-Streamed Female Artists

  1. Billie Eilish
  2. Ariana Grande
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Camila Cabello
  5. Halsey

Most-Streamed Male Artists

  1. Post Malone
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Bad Bunny
  4. Khalid
  5. J Balvin

Most-Streamed Tracks 

  1. “Señorita” – Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes
  2. “bad guy” – Billie Eilish
  3. “Sunflower” – Post Malone, Swae Lee
  4. “7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
  5. “Old Town Road – Remix” – Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus

Most-Streamed Albums 

  1. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish
  2. Hollywood’s Bleeding – Post Malone
  3. thank u, next – Ariana Grande
  4. No.6 Collaborations Project – Ed Sheeran
  5. Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

Most-Streamed Podcasts

  1. The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal
  2. My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
  3. Gemischtes Hack
  4. Fest & Flauschig
  5. The Misfits Podcast

Most-Streamed Spotify Original Podcasts

  1. The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal
  2. Gemischtes Hack
  3. Fest & Flauschig
  4. Serial Killers
  5. Herrengedeck – Der Podcast

“A Decade Wrapped” Spotify’s Top Lists 2010–2019

Most-Streamed Artists of the Decade (Global)

  1. Drake
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Post Malone
  4. Ariana Grande
  5. Eminem

Most-Streamed Female Artists of the Decade (Global)

  1. Ariana Grande
  2. Rihanna
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Sia
  5. Beyoncé

Most-Streamed Male Artists of the Decade (Global)

  1. Drake
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Post Malone
  4. Eminem
  5. The Weeknd

Most-Streamed Tracks of the Decade (Global)

  1. “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
  2. “One Dance”  – Drake, Kyla, WizKid
  3. “rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)” – 21 Savage, Post Malone
  4. “Closer” – Halsey, The Chainsmokers
  5. “Thinking out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

Spotify announces launch of their own award show, the Spotify Awards

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Spotify announces launch of their own award show, the Spotify AwardsSpotify Ceo Daniel Ek Credit Wsj

Spotify has announced that on March 5th, 2020, they will host the first annual Spotify Awards in Mexico City. According to the streaming giant, the show’s categories, nominees, and winners will be decided entirely based on user streaming data to “provide a true reflection of what fans are listening to.”

Coming fresh off the heels of the Grammy Award nominations, it seems Spotify is looking to capitalize on sentiments from some music fans that the Grammys may be a bit out of touch in the streaming era. Spotify’s news release regarding the announcement states, “you can get excited for an awards ceremony that actually speaks to what the people are streaming.” Since the Grammy’s peak viewership of 39 million in 2012, viewership has consistently trended downwards. According to Statista, last year only 17.95 million tuned in, not even half of 2012’s mark.

The news also closely follows the announcement of Apple Music’s upgraded musical tracking program, as well as Amazon’ Music’s addition of free ad-supported streaming. Both of these changes cut into features unique to Spotify in the streaming realm, but with the Spotify Awards they’ve reclaimed a perk of their service that no other platform currently offers.

The show will take place in Mexico City, where Spotify has the most monthly listeners. It will be streamed in partnership with Turner Latin America.

Amazon offers free ad-supported streaming service

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Amazon offers free ad-supported streaming serviceAmazon Music

On Monday, Amazon launched a free ad-supported version of their music streaming service across platforms. Users of the program will have access to playlists and artist-based radio stations, but will be unable to playback specific songs or download content for offline listening, according to Variety.

The new addition of a free service complements their paid program, which offers unlimited playback of user-chosen songs. The move into free ad-supported streaming will directly compete with Spotify‘s free platform. After Amazon’s announcement, Spotify’s stock closed the day nearly 5 percent down, according to Variety.

According to the most recent report from Statista (March, 2018) Apple Music and Spotify are the leaders in American monthly users, with 49.5 and 47.7 million respectively. Amazon Music sat at a comparably meager 12.7 million monthly users, losing out to the likes of iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, SoundCloud and Pandora Radio.

Music streaming usage has rapidly been on the rise for the better part of the decade. According to Statista, user penetration in the US is expected to rise 39.2% to 41.5% by 2023, while revenue is expected to grow 3.3% each year during the same time period. While an increasing number of players enter the streaming space, it will be interesting to follow who comes out on top and if Amazon will be able to pull users away from other more established platforms.

Spotify Has A Copyright Troll Issue and They Aren’t Doing Anything About It

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Do you remember when a SoundCloud user reported a riddim’s producer’s songs which resulted in his entire catalog being taken down? Today, Spotify is facing something similar, but even more tedious. As thousands of musicians and record labels make a living off of their curated Spotify playlists, Spotify allows copyright trolls to reign within the

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Spotify reaches 113 million paid subscribers, says it’s growing ‘twice as fast’ as Apple Music

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Spotify reaches 113 million paid subscribers, says it’s growing ‘twice as fast’ as Apple MusicSpotify

Spotify‘s net of paid subscribers now covers 113 million listeners and 248 million total active monthly users as of Sept. 30, according to numbers newly released in a letter to stockholders. The third-quarter statistics exceeded both Spotify’s and Wall Street’s projections for premium user gain.

Net subscriber growth exceeded our expectations and was led by strong performance in both Family Plan and Student Plan. All other product offerings were mostly in line with expectations.

Total monthly active users grew 30 percent

The recently reported figures from September’s close are a continuation of the consistent growth Spotify has witnessed since the end of 2018. At the end of June, the platform notably had 108 million premium users and 232 million total active monthly streamers.

At the end of the third quarter, Spotify’s stock of global Premium Subscribers was up 31 percent Y/Y. The platform’s total monthly active user count was meanwhile up by 30 percent. European streamers comprised 35 percent of Spotify’s monthly active users by region during the third quarter. North America was second at 27 percent and Latin America followed with 22 percent.

Spotify additionally addressed its performance relative to competitors, Apple Music and Amazon Music.

Relative to Apple, the publicly available data shows that we are adding roughly twice as many subscribers per month as they are.

[…] we believe that our monthly engagement is roughly two times as high and our churn is at half the rate.

Elsewhere, our estimates imply that we continue to add more users on an absolute basis than Amazon.

Read Spotify’s letter to stockholders in full, here.

H/T: Spotify