Bookmarked Spotify Kids – Spotify (Spotify)

A guide to the Spotify Kids app.

Spotify have updated Spotify Kids to allow you to share playlists you have created with your children.

Share playlists you create in the Spotify app with your children in the Kids app

This allows for the inclusion of tracks beyond those selected by Spotify.

Replied to What Twitter Can Learn From Spotify (On my Om)

Twitter needs to change gears quickly — and it needs to start rebuilding itself now. It won’t be long before the toxicity on the platform starts to deprecate the brand itself. So far, the company seems to be set on taking the content-delivery road more traveled. Changing course could make all the difference.

I agree with Om that Twitter needs to change, I am just not sure about a Twitter as a place for content curation:

In much the same way Spotify has become a place where people experience music, Twitter could be the place where we discover, share, and consume news and other written content. And unlike Spotify, it could be a place where new, independent voices are found and build an audience.

Spotify’s reward structure doesn’t help the independents, and many smaller artists feel left out in the cold and understandably frustrated. Twitter could develop a subscription system that rewards both big and independent content creators. A system proposed earlier could be a skeletal template that satisfies both the big and the independent.

In part, this sounds like what Nuzzel offers, without the explicit organising. Interestingly, this sounds like a feed reader, I therefore wonder if that is where the opportunity lies, with things like Inoreader’s magic sort?

Liked On the Spotify-Joe Rogan Deal and the Coming Death of Independent Podcasting (BIG by Matt Stoller)

First, Spotify is gaining power over podcast distribution by forcing customers to use its app to listen to must-have content, by either buying production directly or striking exclusive deals, as it did with Rogan. This is a tying or bundling strategy. Once Spotify has a gatekeeping power over distribution, it can eliminate the open standard rival RSS, and control which podcasts get access to listeners. The final stage is monetization through data collection and ad targeting. Once Spotify has gatekeeping power over distribution and a large ad targeting business, it will also be able to control who can monetize podcasts, because advertisers will increasingly just want to hit specific audience members, as opposed to advertise on specific shows.

Bookmarked Transfer Playlists Between Music Services! 100% free | Tune My Music (Tune My Music)

Not so long ago we stored our music in records, radio cassettes, discs and our MP3 players. We always carried our music with us. Today, There is no more need for that, we use streaming services. But what happens if you want to switch from one service to another, and move all your music from Spotify to Deezer? or when you find a great YouTube playlist but you want to listen to it in Spotify? or maybe you just want to upload your local MP3 library to your favorite streaming service? TuneMyMusic solves exactly that.

This feels like IFTTT for music.
Liked How Does Spotify Know You So Well? (Medium)

To create Discover Weekly, there are three main types of recommendation models that Spotify employs:

  • Collaborative Filtering models (i.e. the ones that originally used), which analyze both your behavior and others’ behaviors.
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) models, which analyze text.
  • Audio models, which analyze the raw audio tracks themselves.
Replied to Spotify is a Prison for Podcasts by (

let this be a warning to you: if you use Spotify as your podcast app, you are a prisoner to Spotify, and if you decide to switch to another podcast app there isn’t any way to get your data out of Spotify.

In talking about applications today, a colleague used Spotify as an example of something that does what it does well. Obviously not that well. Can I also say, 2000 podcasts is some anti-library!
Replied to Too Long; Didn’t Read #184 by W. Ian O’Byrne (

Spotify made some big news this week with their purchase of Gimlet and Anchor. Gimlet is an award-winning podcast studio. Anchor is a great tool/platform to allow you to create and share a podcast.

This is an move Ian. Spotify seems to have been making a number of moves lately, including a partnership with AncestoryDNA. It will be interesting to see what Google’s play will be as they attempt to make audio a first-class citizen. Although this currently seems restricted to an Android app.
Liked Taylor Swift makes a payout to all Universal artists a clause in her new record deal (Boing Boing,Boing Boing)

Swift’s deal is a perfect parable about how artists actually get paid: not by blindly ratcheting up copyright (giving artists more copyright just gives labels more power, since those new rights are non-negotiably acquired from the artists as a condition of doing business with the labels), but by increasing competition for artists’ services.

Bookmarked Your DNA Is Not Your Culture by Sarah Zhang (The Atlantic)

A Spotify playlist tailored to your DNA is the latest example of brands cashing in on people’s search for identity.

Sarah Zhang discusses Spotify’s move to team up with AncestryDNA to provide richer results. To me, the strength of Spotify is big data, whether it be in choice or collections. Through the use of algorithms this data can uncover some interesting and sometimes trivial patterns, but the move to inject ancestory into the mix surely is stretching it too far?


If this were simply about wearing kilts or liking Ed Sheeran, these ads could be dismissed as, well, ads. They’re just trying to sell stuff, shrug. But marketing campaigns for genetic-ancestry tests also tap into the idea that DNA is deterministic, that genetic differences are meaningful. They trade in the prestige of genomic science, making DNA out to be far more important in our cultural identities than it is, in order to sell more stuff.

DNA-testing companies are careful not to use racial categories in their tests, instead reporting breakdowns of specific regions around the world. And they say that their tests are meant to bring people together by highlighting shared ancestry and challenging the idea that people are “pure.” I don’t doubt that DNA tests have sparked meaningful explorations of family history for some people and filled in the blanks for others whose histories were lost to slavery and colonialism. I do doubt that a DNA test will solve racism.

It’s a nice message. But it elides history. Mixed ancestry does not necessarily mean a harmonious coexistence, past or future. African Americans have, on average, 24 percent European ancestry. To take a genetic-ancestry test is to confront a legacy of rape and slavery—perhaps to even recognize one’s own existence as the direct result of it. There is a way to use genetics and genealogy to uncover injustices and properly account for them. The 23andMe-sponsored podcast Spit, for instance, has featured some nuanced conversations about race. But it’s not through feel-good ads that paper over the past.

via Audrey Watters