Sharing songs with your buddies while on the go has typically been a hassle, with weird Shazam-style workarounds to get a song from one phone to another. It looks like Spotify knows this, too, as it's rolling out a new feature to use Snapchat-style codes that will let you grab a photo of your friend's screen to grab the song they want to share with you. We've confirmed the new feature in the Spotify app, though there's been no official word yet. To pull up a Spotify Code, you just toggle the Share function with a tap on the three dots to the right of your screen when playing a song. Hit Share and you'll see the code (which looks like an audio waveform) just under the album image at the top of your screen.
Earlier this year, both Spotify and Apple inked deals with Dubset for unofficial mixes, one of SoundCloud's most popular services. As Techcrunch reports, the first of those is now streaming, a DJ Jazzy Jeff Jeff remix from Anderson .Paak. Dubset's MixBANK system automatically scans samples to find original copyrighted materials, and pays artists, labels and publishers where appropriate. That tech allowed Spotify and Apple to clear the legal hurdle and start playing remixes. With the top two streaming services carrying remixes, that will give DJs more publicity and sampled artists more royalties.
Facebook and Google are the web's biggest advertising powerhouses. But Spotify has ambitions to rival them. And it has all the data it needs to do just that. Each day hundreds of millions of people use Spotify on their phones, tablets, and desktops--most often remaining logged in as they move from one device to the next. With each track played, playlist created, and podcast listened to, we all feed more information into Spotify's big data machine.
Way back in June, my cousin and I joined the pilgrimage of people who came of age in the mid-aughts trekking to New York City to see the musical adaptation of Mean Girls on Broadway. Though we were definitely going ironically, I believe that familiarity with the material is crucial to appreciating any theatrical performance, so on our drive up, I cranked the campy, sugared soundtrack on repeat until our ears were ringing. We listened to it again on the way back, and again the next day, and then I was immensely sick of it. And then, last week, I and more than 83 million other Spotify users were treated to this year's release of the music-streaming service's annual Wrapped tool, which provides users with an animated slideshow breakdown of their individual listening history for the year. For example, mine told me that I listened to "non-mainstream music 90 percent more than the average Spotify user."
Americans have had the option of Alexa voice control for podcasts on Spotify since the end of 2019, but the rest of the world has had to sit tight. That creature comfort is finally reaching other parts of the world, though. Spotify has enabled Alexa control for podcasts in 11 more countries, including Canada, the UK, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and Spain. You can tell your Echo (and many other Alexa devices) to play a favorite show while you finish housecleaning or lounge on the couch. You'll need to link your Spotify account, of course.