Music, Technology

The New Age Crate Junkie

Growing up in the 90s was an amazing experience for me. I got to experience a time where people still brought music from music stores. While visiting these stores you could listen to some samples from select albums on these machines through headphones. To find new and different music you had to flip through vinyls in crates separated by different categories. The same process was for cassettes and CDs.

Back in high school, I was a crate junkie. Always in the record stores listening to whatever new music they had on the headphones. Then with the help of file-sharing, I started to download different kinds of music.  Now I find myself listening to a lot of curated playlists on Spotify trying to find new music to satisfy me. Even though the method is still the same, there’s nothing like digging through those crates. Playlists are the for the new age crate junky

Spotify Curates Playlists For You

Today I spend my nights letting Spotify pick the music I listen to. Out of all the music streaming services, Spotify has the best algorithm for choosing music based on artists and genre. I feel that Apple Music base their lists and shuffles more on irrelevant data. Most of their choices don’t include lesser-known artists or artists not backed heavily by a label. There isn’t much variety in the lists either.

As for Spotify, it has playlists that are made specifically for you based on your listening habits.  Playlists like Discover Weekly and Release Radar are updated weekly based on your listening habits — what you like, share, save, even what you skip — as well as those of people with similar tastes. Thanks to this, I am able to shift through new music easily because it’s already narrowed down due to their algorithm. Spotify doesn’t just have personalized playlists it has Editorial and Listener playlists. All of the above is what makes that platform ideal for the playlist junkie like me. The platform was built on the foundation of sharing and creating playlists.

 

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