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How to Use Spotify to Discover New Music?

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While Apple Music and Tidal have both sought to lure and retain users with exclusive content, Spotify, in between making some major changes, has been quietly working away on some really interesting data-driven playlists that require little work on the part of users. You can easily discover new songs that might suit your taste with following 4 features of Spotify.

1. Radio

Spotify's Radio

Similar to Pandora, Spotify's radio creates stations based on a song or artist that you designate. While you listen, you can either thumbs up songs you like, or thumbs down songs you don't like. Spotify will tailor the radio station based on these preferences to give you more songs that you do like.

2. Discover Weekly

Spotify's Discover Weekly

Discover Weekly refreshes every Monday morning, a playlist with 30 new tracks that Spotify’s algorithms think you’ll love.

Each time you listen to a track, try a new artist, skip a song, listen to a song on repeat, or do anything else while using the service, Spotify adds the information to your taste profile. It’s the way that Spotify quantifies what kind of music you like.

Spotify takes this information and, by comparing it to other similar profiles, works out what music you haven’t heard — or at least haven’t heard in a while — that you might be interested in listening to. Some tracks come from artists you won’t have heard of before, while others are lesser-known tracks from your favorites.

3. Release Radar

Spotify's Release Radar

In order to make it a lot easier to find new music, Spotify launched Release Radar in August this year, another 2-hour algorithmically personalized playlist that features newly released songs from artists each user already listens to, but updated on each Friday.

The mark will inevitably be missed by a few tracks. But for the most part, the system does a very effective job of finding new songs by artists you already listen to or are likely to enjoy.

Release Radar’s a little different from Discover Weekly. Since the tracks are new, Spotify obviously has no listening data. Instead, the company relies on its deep and specific knowledge of the music itself, along with your listening history, to figure out what you might want to know about. In my case, it works really well.

While algorithmically powered like Discover Weekly, Release Radar serves a different purpose: It's intended to surface "can't miss releases by the artists you love," the company says.

4. Daily Mix

Spotify's Daily Mix

Spotify just launched their another music discovery feature, Daily Mix on Sep. 27th. You’ll find your personal Daily Mix in Your Library in the latest version of Spotify

Like many of Spotify’s playlist features, Daily Mix will get better as users listen to more music, as it learns based on your listening habits. The algorithm behind the Daily Mix playlists is similar to what’s behind Discover Weekly and Release Radar, only here the goal is to act as a radio station built just for you, playing songs you’re nearly guaranteed to love.

As your music taste evolves, so will your Daily Mix. In fact, the more you listen, the better your Mixes will become – offering an effortless music experience based entirely on your personal listening habits. Instead of trying to take the work out of finding music that's new to you, "Daily Mix is trying to take the work out of hitting a button and always hearing music that you love." Simply “ban” a tune that you don't like to remove it from future playlists or give a “heart” the hit to add a tune that suits your taste to your collection.

Daily Mix is available globally to all Spotify users, whether you’re a subscriber or still on the free plan, but need to remember: in order for Daily Mix to work, users need to have built up a listening history. If you’re a new user, you can only be able to access Daily Mix after roughly two weeks of listening.

How to Save Your Spotify Tracks & Playlists Forever?

Remove DRM from Spotify Music

As we all know, all of the Spotify tracks are protected. That is why all Spotify tracks or playlists will disappear or become unplayable after cancelling your subscription. Somebody will ask that is it possible to download songs from Spotify and keep Spotify tracks, albums or playlists forever? The answer is “Yes”.

Simply use software like Sidify Music Converter for Spotify (Mac version | Windows version), a powerful Spotify Music tool to convert Spotify songs to a common format. After converted, all ID3 tags and metadata will be kept successfully. When you convert one of those tracks to plain MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV formats, it's yours forever and won't disappear if you cancel your subscription.

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