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.’”

Washington Post: I’m disgusted by Joe Rogan’s weak apology. My former colleague’s death at 47 makes it worse.

Washington Post: I’m disgusted by Joe Rogan’s weak apology. My former colleague’s death at 47 makes it worse.. “To my ears, Rogan sounded glib, narcissistic and clueless. And Spotify — the platform that enables him by insisting it would be wrong to restrain what he does on his podcast — is even worse. Its failure to take any meaningful responsibility, other than adding a few disclaimers, is all too reminiscent of the way Facebook, for years, has dodged accountability for spreading so many harmful lies. Rogan’s non-apology made me furious. Probably because I’ve been spending a lot of time this week thinking about Miguel Rodriguez, a former colleague of mine, who died of covid last week.”

BBC: Joe Rogan pledges to try harder after Neil Young Spotify row

BBC: Joe Rogan pledges to try harder after Neil Young Spotify row. “Joe Rogan has pledged to try harder to offer more balanced views on his podcast, after he was criticised by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell for helping to spread Covid misinformation. The Canadian musicians asked to have their music pulled from the streaming platform as a result. Spotify has since said it is working to add advisory warnings to any podcast discussing Covid-19.”

The Verge: Here is the Spotify COVID content policy that lets Joe Rogan slide

The Verge: Here is the Spotify COVID content policy that lets Joe Rogan slide. “Spotify employees are vocally upset inside the company over the streaming platform’s deal with Joe Rogan due to his views on COVID vaccines, but their executive leadership has mostly stayed quiet both inside and outside the firm. Today, however, Dustee Jenkins, Spotify’s head of global communications and public relations, posted a message to the company Slack addressing employee concerns about Joe Rogan’s presence on the platform after Neil Young removed his music in protest.”

BBC: Joni Mitchell wants songs off Spotify in Covid row

BBC: Joni Mitchell wants songs off Spotify in Covid row. “In her message on Friday, Mitchell, whose hits include Big Yellow Taxi, said she stands in solidarity with the Canadian-American singer, Neil Young, and with the ‘global scientific and medical communities’. Neil Young and Joni Mitchell have been friends for many years, and are both survivors of polio. They both contracted the disease in the early 1950s, not long before a vaccine became available.”

Rolling Stone: Neil Young Pulls Music from Spotify, Blasts It as the ‘Home of Life-Threatening’ Covid Lies

Rolling Stone: Neil Young Pulls Music from Spotify, Blasts It as the ‘Home of Life-Threatening’ Covid Lies. “Following Neil Young’s demands that his music be removed from Spotify in protest of dissemination of Covid-19 misinformation on Joe Rogan’s podcast, the streamer will take down his music, Young wrote in a letter on his website on Wednesday. Spotify also confirmed the news in their own statement.”

AFP: Neil Young demands Spotify remove his music over Joe Rogan ‘disinformation’

AFP: Neil Young demands Spotify remove his music over Joe Rogan ‘disinformation’. ” Neil Young demanded in an open letter to Spotify to remove his music from the platform he said is spreading vaccine disinformation via the popular podcaster Joe Rogan. ‘I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines — potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,’ wrote the legendary singer behind ‘Heart of Gold’ and ‘Harvest Moon.’”

Tubefilter: Spotify Shutters Internal Podcast Studio, Laying Off And Reassigning Staffers

Tubefilter: Spotify Shutters Internal Podcast Studio, Laying Off And Reassigning Staffers. “Spotify has shuttered its in-house podcast studio and laid off several staffers affiliated with the division. The studio, dubbed Studio 4 inside the company and referenced externally as Spotify Studios, was behind shows like Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls 1 Keith, Dissect, and Chapo: Kingpin on Trial.”

Tech Policy Press: Scientists, Doctors Call on Spotify to Implement Misinformation Policy Over Claims on Joe Rogan Show

Tech Policy Press: Scientists, Doctors Call on Spotify to Implement Misinformation Policy Over Claims on Joe Rogan Show. “More than 260 doctors, nurses, scientists, health professionals and others have signed an open letter calling on the streaming media platform Spotify to ‘implement a misinformation policy’ in the wake of controversy over podcaster Joe Rogan’s promotion of an anti-vaccine rally with discredited scientist Robert Malone in an episode published on December 31st.”

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Spotify Alternatives for Linux You Should Try

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Spotify Alternatives for Linux You Should Try. “Using an open-source operating system such as Linux calls for using open-source entertainment apps. Even though Spotify has plenty of native versions available for desktop and mobile platforms, many users prefer using alternatives packed with exciting features. If that sounds like you, you’re in for a surprise, as Linux has a ton of fine-tuned Spotify alternatives, which allow you to listen to music right from your desktop.”

Boing Boing: A guy accidentaly made a gigantic repository of niche music

Boing Boing: A guy accidentaly made a gigantic repository of niche music. “A decade ago, when Spotify was two years old in the UK and had just become available in the US, Chris Johnson started a musical discovery project called TAPEFEAR. He ‘created a script to find new music on niche music sites, cross reference Spotify to see if it was available to stream,’ according to a Reddit post, and besides a bit of occasional tinkering, he largely forgot about it. In total, Johnson says the script ran for a decade amassing 42,000 songs.”