Spotify users in the greater Spokane area may have noticed that the latest update showcases some new features such as recommended playlists, a news section and a redesigned activity bar that suggests artists users can follow.
On Wednesday, March 20, Josh Constine of TechCrunch gave music lovers all the details.
According to Constine, "By now you should have received a prompt to update to Spotify version 0.8.8. When you fire it up the first time, you’ll get walked through the Spotify Social on-boarding. Congratulations, you’re now automatically following the artists you listen to most and people whose playlists you’ve subscribed to (though you can ditch them if you want).
"Next, Spotify recommends you follow some Facebook friends, in contrast to the old version where your feed was clogged with listening activity from all your friends. This update makes a lot of sense, since just because you’re friends with someone doesn’t mean you respect their musical tastes. If you dig pop, don’t follow your hipster friends. If you aspire to be the first on your block who knows about the new buzz band, follow music blogs or buddies who live in London.
"Finally, you’ll see suggestions of artists and influencers to get updates from, including bands like Pearl Jam, news outlets like Pitchfork, and celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg or Barack Obama. The process is breezy and doesn’t default you into too many connections. If you’re ever looking for new people to get recommendations from, you can click on the Follow tab in Spotify’s left navigation side."
The update, which is officially known as Spotify Social, has features that make Spotify sort of like the old Myspace before its latest redesign. For example, users can now subscribe to recommended playlists with descriptive titles such as "March Madness" or "Your Favorite Coffeehouse."
If someone follows an artist, he or she won't just see that artist's music. The user will have the option of seeing who that artist has been listening to recently and get a chance to see the playlists they created.
Another new feature called the Share box makes social sharing easier.
According to the Spotify support page, "Simply click the Share icon, or the Share button for any song, album, artist or playlist. Choose the 'Send to friend' tab. Start typing a friend’s name (or a Spotify username). Perhaps you might want to send a short message. Then press 'Send'."
The improvements seem mostly geared toward engaging more with other Spotify users online. Fortunately for people who aren't really interested in that, it is easier now to find songs people want to hear thanks to improved menus and search functions that are simple to use. The latest upgrade has a lot to offer even for people who would rather not share what they're listening to on Facebook.