Spotify has soft launched a new playlist feature that recommends tracks from previous decades based on your listening preferences.
There’s been nothing official announced as yet, but a new aspect of the Spotify service is now available to the public in an early form.
Juan Manuel Serruya, who seems to be a Spotify engineer, recently provided a link to a website call Spotify Taste Rewind over on his Facebook page. The service describes itself as “What you’d be jamming to if you lived in another decade.”
It’s clearly an official Spotify service, and it requires a Spotify login to access. Once you have, the Rewind service will ask for three favourites from a batch of recently listened to artists.
The Taste Rewind service then sets to work formulating playlists based on the sound or characteristics of the artists you selected, but confined to specific decades.
It’s an interesting idea and a novel approach to discovery, although VentureBeat points out that there are issues at present. For one thing, it seems to be buggy at present, with some playlists not showing any tracks.
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Also, the selection of tracks seems to be a little limited in scope, and doesn’t really reflect today’s multi-genre listening habits very well.
Still, Spotify Taste Rewind is clearly at an early stage of development, and it’s good to see the company playing with new curation ideas with Apple Music on the horizon.
You can check out Spotify Taste Rewind now on mobile and desktop, though the latter is reportedly better.