Discovering new music on Spotify has never been easier. Intense pressure from Apple music has forced Spotify to improve its music discovery service.
Its recommendation system allows you to find songs you haven’t heard of that have a good chance of becoming new personal favourites. Here’s how to make the most of it.
Spotify’s Discovery Features
Spotify offers shareable playlists that it creates as well as those created by its broader community. It also has a number of ways to recommend music that you are likely to like. The more you use it the more it becomes familiar with what you enjoy and what people with similar tastes also listen to. Its discovery tools will point you at new songs and genres that may be of interest to you.
Spotify will create personalised playlists for you through features such as Discovery Weekly and Release Radar. It will suggest songs to add to your existing playlists and also “radio stations” based on your favourite tracks, albums and artists. Its offerings will change dynamically over time as your listening habits evolve.
Discovery Weekly is a playlist (delivered weekly of course) of thirty tracks that you have never listened to before (at least not on Spotify). The tracks are chosen for you based on what you have listened to in the last week. You will likely hear minor artists that have escaped your attention till now and you just may fall in love with something that you otherwise would not have encountered.
To find your Discovery Weekly playlist click on “Discovery” It will be the first playlist on the list.
Personalised Discover Weekly
If you hear something you like while listening to your Discovery Weekly playlist, click on the heart button next to the song to add it to your own song library. Follow your own playlist for easy access and if you would like it to be available for offline listening on your device toggle “download” on. It will automatically update whenever it gets refreshed.
This is similar to Discover Weekly but focuses on very new releases only – those that have been released in the last seven days. Release Radar provides a dynamic playlist that Spotify creates based on your listening habits and existing library. It’s released every Friday, contains 30 songs you have very likely not heard yet and features both those artists you already follow and others you may also like.
Release Radar is a great way to keep up with the new offerings from your favourite artists and often features B-Sides, live recordings and special versions you may have to dig for to find elsewhere.
Create an album and label it with a descriptive title, for instance “Hard Rock”. Add music that fits the title and Spotify will quickly suggest similar songs from other artists – and typically from the same era. To span several decades simply add your favourites from several decades. Spotify will catch on quickly. In fact, at the bottom of the screen you will see a list of songs you can instantly add. Press the + button to add or if unsure, select it so you can listen before you add it.
For a different set of recommendations, hit the refresh button at the bottom of the screen. You will see a change in suggestions pretty much every time you add new tracks. Try browsing out of the playlist and returning to see entirely new set of suggestions
“Radios” is another way of discovering new music on Spotify. Select any song, artist or album and Radios will generate a series of tracks that are similar either by theme, genre or even subject matter. The list it creates will allow you to listen for hours – just like a radio but better tailored to your tastes.
Radio can be found under the additional options button on every album song or artist. When you find something you like save it by pressing the heart button next to the track.
Now you have 6 easy ways of discovering new music on Spotify. Enjoy!
Related: Apple Music Tips and Tricks
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