Mashable: A bot named Ashley is ruining playlists on Spotify

Mashable: A bot named Ashley is ruining playlists on Spotify. “The latest internet villain just reared its head and it isn’t a corporate mega-billionaire, wayward politician, or Twitter troll, but rather an unassuming Spotify bot named Ashley. Multiple users have complained that their public, collaborative playlists — designed to allow Spotify users and their friends to curate songs in real time together — have been commandeered by bots masquerading as normal users, primarily one account simply named ‘Ashley.’”

MakeUseOf: 6 Free Tools to Improve YouTube Playlists and Create Playlists Without an Account

MakeUseOf: 6 Free Tools to Improve YouTube Playlists and Create Playlists Without an Account. “Once you master the basics of making YouTube playlists, you’ll want to do more with these compilations. These tools let you do more with YouTube, like creating a playlist when you don’t have an account, copying someone else’s playlist to make it your own, search within any playlist, or even to create playlists with friends for a party.”

TechCrunch: Spotify playlist curators complain about ongoing abuse that favors bad actors over innocent parties

TechCrunch: Spotify playlist curators complain about ongoing abuse that favors bad actors over innocent parties. “Currently, playlists created by Spotify users can be reported in the app for a variety of reasons — like sexual, violent, dangerous, deceptive or hateful content, among other things. When a report is submitted, the playlist in question will have its metadata immediately removed, including its title, description and custom image. There is no internal review process that verifies the report is legitimate before the metadata is removed.”

New York Post: Spotify is now making playlists for your pets

New York Post: Spotify is now making playlists for your pets. “Spotify can now generate playlists for your pets, with a new tool that claims to customize mixtapes to a critters’ species and personality traits.” I tried this but it did not work for me; got all the way to the end of the process of generating the playlist and then threw an error. I tend to listen to Spotify kind of erratically, though.

CNET: 7 best scary Halloween music playlists you can stream for free on Spotify

CNET: 7 best scary Halloween music playlists you can stream for free on Spotify. “Like Christmas, Halloween has its own tunes to get you in the spirit of the season. No matter what you’re into — classic movie soundtracks, family-friendly kids songs, chill lo-fi beats or metal — there’s probably a Halloween-themed playlist for it. While there are dozens of playlists, albums and podcasts available across platforms to get you amped up for spooky season, here are seven Spotify playlists to get you started, no matter what mood you’re in or what kind of Halloween party you want to throw.”

Variety: This Website Creates Spotify & Apple Music Playlists Based on Your Local Weather

Variety: This Website Creates Spotify & Apple Music Playlists Based on Your Local Weather. “Electronica musician Tycho launched a clever promotional website for his new album ‘Weather’ this week: Visitors of Tycho’s website can use a web app to generate a playlist based on their local weather.” Love the idea, but when I tried it, it seemed to hang on saving my playlist to Spotify. Hope it works better for you.