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Unlike other music streaming services, Spotify’s openness makes it easier to discover new tunes from apps, friends, and third parties. Here are six cool apps to get new playlists or album recommendations.
Now, Spotify already does a good job of uncovering new music you might like through its features like Discover Weekly, Daily Mix, and Radio Stations. But when you step out of the Spotify bubble, there are better ways to discover new music. That’s what this fresh list of Spotify related apps is for.
1. Moodify (Web): Playlists Based on Songs and Musical Features
It’s easy for algorithms to create a randomized playlist based on an artist you like. Unlike most apps, Moodify wants to get specific and create a truly personalized playlist based on features you want in the songs, as well as tracks they’re similar to.
So here are the different adjustable musical features or parameters to get Moodify to create a playlist:
- Acousticness (digital, mix, analog)
- Instrumentalness (vocals, mix, no vocals)
- Tempo (50-200 beats per minute)
- Danceability (not proper, ok, great for dance)
- Energy (calm, fun, energizer)
- Mood (depressive, cheerful, joyful)
Apart from the parameters, you can nudge Moodify to look for songs that are similar to a few tracks you already like. Search for them in the provided box and choose from the Spotify results.
Once you click the Create Playlist button, the new playlist will appear in your Spotify app under the name “Discover Moodify.” If you like it, change the name to save it for the future, or create a copy. Before you use Moodify again, clear this playlist or the new songs will be added to it.
2. MagicPlaylist (Web): Create a Playlist Based on One Song
You have a song that you love. You want to listen to other songs like it. Head to MagicPlaylist and type the name of a track to get an instant playlist of similar songs (including the original).
You can choose the length of the playlist (one, two, or three hours) to add more or fewer songs. The playlist can be set to public or private and renamed too before you save it on Spotify. And before saving, you can search Spotify to add other songs that you want in the playlist.
MagicPlaylist isn’t a complicated algorithm, so it’s a mix of hits and misses. The developer says it works by searching for the original track you liked, finding related artists, and adding the top tracks of these artists.
Still, it’s more hits than misses, but one of the fastest ways to get a playlist. It’s especially useful to create a workout playlist for a few hours based on the kind of tempo and beats you’re looking for.
3. Discover Quickly (Web): Find New Music on Spotify
Made by two Spotify employees at a hackathon, Discover Quickly is a web app to find new music based on your interests. There’s nothing in here that Spotify doesn’t already have, but you get a much easier interface.
At the top of the page are quick links to your playlists, top tracks, and artists, saved albums, charts, genres, and new releases. Click any to see a collage of tracks. Hover over any track to hear a preview (or the full song if you have Spotify Premium).
Like what you hear? Click it to get a similar new collage menu for song and artist recommendations based on that track. Keep hearing previews and clicking what you like.
Every track you click is automatically added to the Discover Quickly queue. You can save this queue to a playlist in your Spotify account, or save all tracks to your Spotify library. Don’t want one of the tracks? Delete it before you save the queue.
It’s an intuitive way to discover new music without being overwhelmed, while still getting stuff that is available on Spotify.
4. Play-Later (Web): Discover New Albums on Spotify
Given how much Spotify pushes playlists and single tracks, you’d be forgiven for thinking that artists and bands now don’t release albums anymore. But the good old album is still around and kicking, and Play-Later is here to help you find them.
Every Friday, Play-Later lists albums released in the past week and ranks them by popularity. You’ll get the cover art, artist and album names, and the number of tracks in it. If something intrigues you, click Play Later. The album is automatically added to a playlist called “Play Later” in your Spotify.
You can see the last two weeks’ collections through quick filters, scroll to the bottom of the page to see every collection since November 2015. If you want the most popular albums on Spotify since 2015, head to The Music Bin.
As convenient as playlists are, there is still a charm to queuing up full albums and hear the music the way the artist envisioned it to be listened to.
5. Shuffle Spotify (Web): Random Playlist Based on Popularity
Shuffle Spotify is for those who are ready to explore a whole new world of music. This is one of the most randomized ways to create a playlist on Spotify.
The app asks you to say how many tracks you want in the playlist, and choose their minimum and maximum popularity ratings on the music streaming service. You can also name the playlist before you start.
Once you’ve chosen your settings, Shuffle Spotify will generate random tracks and you’ll find a new playlist on Spotify. You could discover some of the lowest-rated songs or get an eclectic mix, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling.
6. Playlistify (Web): Create Playlists From Setlists
You can’t be at every concert that your favorite artist performs at. But maybe you can get closer to the band by listening to the same setlist that they played. Playlistify is the simplest way to turn setlists into playlists for Spotify (and Apple Music too).
Between these three, you’ll find tracklists based on live shows and concerts, music festivals, venues, radio shows, mixes, and more. Grab the URL of something that catches your fancy, paste it into Playlistify, and let it do its magic.
You’ll need to grant it access to your Spotify, of course. And at times, the mix might not be perfect. For example, it tends to favor studio tracks to live tracks, even though you’re trying to get the feel of the latter. But hey, it’s still a cool way to discover a fun new playlist for your favorite artist.
The Best Spotify Tips
Now that you’ve got new music added to your favorite streaming service, it’s time to start listening. You can even use Siri to access your new tunes. But before you go, here are a few simple but essential Spotify tips that will enhance your musical experience.