I’ve been a Spotify user for a long time now, and I really like what the music-streaming app is doing with the updates and features that it has been doing for the longest time.
What caught me by surprise is the Discover Weekly features which creates a 2-hour long playlist every week. It automatically curates your taste thanks to the data that you provide Spotify with the music that you’re listening to. If you’ve spent a lot of time listening to music via app, it knows very well what kind of genres that you like.
I really liked pop rock and pop punk music like Yellowcard, Boys Like Girls and All time low and the Discover Weekly tab showed a deep knowledge of my musical interest and came up with similar bands that I never knew. It’s like a whole new yet familiar world to me.
But after having used it for more than a year, I’m getting very bored of the way the system works. Because after the app determines my preference, it just keeps giving me the same kind of songs over and over again. Every week seems like a familiar kind of song compared to the last one, and sometimes that same song will re-appear on the list. The discover weekly is really playing safe nowadays.
I know it can be hard to create having a background in Information Technology, but every social media platforms are leaning toward to these kind of algorithm. When you check your Facebook News Feed, it’s now been perfectly curated based on the things you’ve liked or spent time reading on before. This way, the post you get to see will generally be appealing to you, though it won’t surprise you. And that’s the problem.
But it’s much more harder when it comes to music. I would really love to be surprised with a new kind music. There’s nothing better than hearing familiar songs by artist that you don’t know. But Spotify doesn’t like to take the risk of giving us a song that’s too different from our taste. They’re thinking that we won’t actually like it. But get this, we won’t go to a discovery page just to hear the same old song that we used to hear. That’s why it’s called discovery.
Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this way? Maybe I’m not. I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.