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.”

Women Love Tech: Headspace Podcast Sunday Scaries On Spotify To Reduce Anxiety

Women Love Tech: Headspace Podcast Sunday Scaries On Spotify To Reduce Anxiety. “Headspace and Spotify have collaborated to release a new podcast series, Sunday Scaries, to help people combat the anxiety commonly felt on Sunday afternoons before an upcoming week. This micro-series, hosted by Mindfulness & Meditation Teacher, Dora Kamau, will consist of 12 episodes lasting 7-9 minutes each and will aim to ease listeners who feel anxiety, usually on Sunday afternoons, as the week ahead looms over them.”

Mashable: Philips Hue smart lights can now react to your Spotify songs

Mashable: Philips Hue smart lights can now react to your Spotify songs. “On Wednesday, Signify — a Philips spinoff that manufactures lighting products — announced that Philips Hue lightbulbs are now integrated with Spotify. This includes an algorithm that analyzes the metadata of each song you play on the music streaming platform, in real time, in order to make the lights ‘dance’ to the music.”

MobileSyrup: Spotify’s Blend playlists are here to combine your music taste with your friend’s

MobileSyrup: Spotify’s Blend playlists are here to combine your music taste with your friend’s. “Spotify introduced Blend Playlists (beta) in early June as a new way for two users to combine their musical interests into a single shared playlist created specifically for them. Now, the feature has rolled out to all users and includes some improvements over its beta. The experience also includes updated cover art to help you quickly identify each of your Blend playlists.”

Wired: The Case Against Music Curation

Wired: The Case Against Music Curation. “We are now deep into a decade of lifestyle curation. Our news feeds on Facebook, the movies we catalog on Netflix, the playlists we make and then loop over and over on Apple Music; the need to personalize everything we do, and everything we consume, is meant to remove unnecessary friction from our lives. It’s meant to make things as seamless as possible. Through brainy algorithms and constant curation, singles like ‘Essence’ benefit from that sort of tireless indexing. Eventually, they exist everywhere. But what if that way no longer serves us?”

Engadget: Spotify and WWE are tag-teaming on podcasts

Engadget: Spotify and WWE are tag-teaming on podcasts. “WWE and The Ringer (which Spotify bought last year for around $200 million to bolster its sports lineup) are building a podcast network together. The Ringer podcast The Masked Man Show has been rebranded as The Ringer Wrestling Show. More podcasts are on the way, including a narrative series produced by Bill Simmons (a self-professed lifelong WWE fan) and additional shows from WWE talent.”

Mixmag: An Online Archive Is Documenting 30 Years Of Dance Music History

Mixmag: An Online Archive Is Documenting 30 Years Of Dance Music History. “The Dance Music Archive is an online database that documents 30 years of dance music and rave culture. Just launched, the website allows visitors to explore each decade of dance music history from the 1980s onwards, through DJ mixes, radio shows, blogs, artwork and more. The team has ripped CDs, gathered physical documents and curated Spotify playlists to create an exciting audio-visual timeline.”

Mashable: Meet TikTok’s Spotify influencers

Mashable: Meet TikTok’s Spotify influencers. “The new iteration of music bloggers is TikTokkers with wildly popular Spotify playlists. Some TikTokkers have gained popularity from sharing their musical tastes in videos based around their unique or relatable Spotify playlists. These users have thousands of followers on both TikTok and Spotify, and the music industry is taking notice of their influence.”

Mashable: 10 best websites to analyze your Spotify data

Mashable: 10 best websites to analyze your Spotify data. “Every so often a website that analyses Spotify data blows up on Twitter and it is all we see for the next 24 hours. Then it’s just as quickly forgotten. But these websites are still valuable if you want to analyze your listening habits. We’ve scoured the corners of the internet and collected our ten favorite websites that analyze your Spotify data.”

9to5 Mac: Spotify for iOS adds new ‘Only You’ feature for personalized playlists and more

9to5 Mac: Spotify for iOS adds new ‘Only You’ feature for personalized playlists and more. “Spotify announced today a new global campaign called ‘Only You,’ an in-app experience with personalized playlists to celebrate its users’ uniqueness. The new feature is accessible via the Spotify for iOS application and it comes with six different in-app experiences.”