So, Fangirls. I was all set to talk about Apple’s new music streaming service, which I was feeling just okay about, and then my beloved Spotify dropped a new feature that grabbed my attention. As I’ve spoken about before, I adore Spotify Premium, their Discover feature, and all that they offer. Then, they really decided to up the ante. A weekly playlist made just for me? Hell yes, please.
Hunting around for music is one of my all time favorite things to do. Whether it’s online or in person, I love the rush of searching deep for a good tune and finding exactly what you’re looking for. Spotify already helps me enough with this through their personalized Discover page, where I’ll click through all sorts of artist that it thinks I will enjoy. When I’ve got a lot of time on my hands, it’s fantastic, and I can scroll through artists for hours. However, when I’m in a bind for time but still want to be sifting through to find those hidden gems, the Discover page doesn’t do me much good. Enter Spotify’s Discover Weekly. The best thing that will ever happen to you. Discover Weekly is a playlist tailor made for it’s one, sole listener; You. It takes everything you’ve been listening to into consideration, and generates a lengthy list of music that it thinks you’ll enjoy, and puts it into one playlist for you to listen to whenever & wherever you please. I’m sure you’re thinking cool, that’s nice, a playlist where I can find new music. But what happens when I’ve listened to it all? That’s where the glorious “weekly” part of the situation comes in. Spotify will generate a brand new playlist for you each and every week. Each Monday, you can open your computer or phone up to a new set of songs to discover and hopefully enjoy. Fuck those wimpy 10 song playlists, too. This is a beefy two hours of music for you to sift through and rock out to. What more could you ask for? It’s like having someone super cool have a really big crush on you, and they just keep making you killer mixtapes.
I do have a few suggestions, of course. As you’re listening to the playlist, you can save the songs you like. You better do this, because this playlist will be wiped away come next Monday, when you get a new list. It would be helpful to both the listener and Spotify if they had some sort of thumbs up or thumbs down feature for the playlist. That way, if there is an artist or type of sound you aren’t really digging, they’ll know to exclude that sort of thing next week. However, that being said, I’m sure they keep tabs on which songs you save and which ones you don’t.
All in all, I’m in love with this new feature. Barely halfway through my first custom playlist, I saved nearly 10 artists that I either hadn’t ever heard of, or hadn’t gotten the chance to listen to. I’ve got a whole new world of tunes opening up for me over here, Fangirls. You should open that door too. Discover Weekly will begin once you’ve been using Spotify for 2 weeks, so if you’re new to the game, just be patient! It’ll be there, it just has to get to know you first. Once you’re neck deep in awesome new jams, share your playlists with us, Spotify allows you to share your Discover Weekly playlists, so send them on over!
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