Is Something Wrong With Spotify’s Playlists?

Spotify has had some cool innovations over the years. When they first introduced Discover Weekly, when it would recommend you songs based on your listening history, I liked it. It worked pretty well. Then, they added the Release Radar, which was even better. The Radar has helped me stay up to date with new music with artists I’m a fan of and has helped me find out about artists I had never heard before. All the Daily Mixes? Some of them are cool, or at least were. Maybe it’s just my account, but recently Spotify’s auto-generated playlists have been really dropping the ball.

When I want to listen to any of my Daily Mixes now I have to do so much editing. They used to be pretty cohesive, but now they are all over the place. They also include musicians I haven’t listen to in forever. Beach Bunny and Martha may be on my Daily Mix 1, and I get that, but then Tennis – a band I think is only OK – is also on there. I haven’t listened to Dum Dum Girls in like a decade! They aren’t good mixes any longer.

My Release Radar is also a mess these days. This week, I have songs from Weezer, Beck, Shania Twain, Lana Del Rey, Alanis Morissette, Bruce Springsteen, and Hootie & the Blowfish. Now, I like Springsteen, but I never listen to him on Spotify. Weezer I blame on an article I wrote once, but that was like five years ago. I haven’t listened to them since. If I wanted to listen to my Release Radar I have to do so much skipping. It’s so annoying.

Maybe Spotify has gotten complacent. Maybe they tweaked their algorithms, or maybe they need a tweaking. All I know is that I used to listen to their generated playlists all the time, and now I simply can’t.

About Chris Morgan

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