TechCrunch: Spotify rolls out redesigned desktop and web apps

TechCrunch: Spotify rolls out redesigned desktop and web apps. “The changes, which will be made available to all global users, focus on improving the navigation and providing users with access to new controls and features across playlists, search, radio, their queue, library and more.” Spotify should let you block songs from your recommendation lists, banishing the songs with bad memories attached.

Lifehacker: How to Filter Spotify Playlists by Genre or Mood

Lifehacker: How to Filter Spotify Playlists by Genre or Mood. “Odds are good that your ‘Liked Songs’ playlist on Spotify is a mishmash of genres and artists that don’t exactly flow together…. Thankfully, Spotify is adding a new way to filter your Liked Songs playlist via genre and mood tags, meaning you can temporarily pare down your collection to only the songs that fit the vibe you’re after.”

BBC: Hundreds of K-pop songs disappear from Spotify

BBC: Hundreds of K-pop songs disappear from Spotify. “Hundreds of popular K-pop songs have been removed from Spotify, amid a dispute with South Korean music distributor Kakao M. Releases by popular acts including Sistar, IU, Monsta X and Epik High have vanished, leaving fans frustrated.” Do you have favorite K-pop songs? I like bouncy stuff and I have no K-Pop in my standard Spotify list.

NBC News: Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launch podcast on Spotify

NBC News: Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launch podcast on Spotify. “Spotify on Monday announced the launch of ‘Renegades: Born in the USA,’ featuring the former president and the legendary rock star in conversation on issues ranging from politics and the state of America to fatherhood, marriage and manhood. The conversations will span eight episodes, the first two of which go live on Monday.”

Tech Xplore: Spotify tests audiobooks of classics including ‘Persuasion,’ ‘Frankenstein’

Tech Xplore: Spotify tests audiobooks of classics including ‘Persuasion,’ ‘Frankenstein’. “Streaming giant Spotify is extending its foray into audiobooks, dropping nine new public-domain classics narrated by celebrities including Hilary Swank and Forest Whitaker. The platform known best for its music has used podcasts to drive growth since 2019, and recently began bolstering its audiobook selection.”

MakeUseOf: How to Protect Yourself From Fraudulent Stores on Shopify

MakeUseOf: How to Protect Yourself From Fraudulent Stores on Shopify. “A recent Fakespot report found roughly 20 percent of stores on Shopify are ‘related to fraudulent practices.’ This analysis found further startling information: of the nearly 26,000 stores found to be fraudulent, 39 percent percent had counterfeit issues, brand infringements, or a poor reputation; 28 percent had privacy leaks and suspiciously cheap listings; and 17 percent had negative reports from consumers. Here are some of the ways these fraudulent Shopify stores try to scam you.”

The Verge: Roast your own Spotify listens with this snarky AI

The Verge: Roast your own Spotify listens with this snarky AI. “If you want to be judged, you open a page titled ‘How Bad is Your Spotify’ and you log in with your Spotify account. (It might take a couple refreshes on the ‘Loading your music library’ page.) This absolute jerk of an AI then drags you mercilessly while it pulls your playlists and top tracks. It asks you questions before it shows any results, in phrasing that gives the plain text the same aura as the girls who bullied me in middle school. Did you really listen to Clementine by Sarah Jaffe? (Yes) Like ironically? (No…)”

American Songwriter: Spotify’s Songwriters Hub Launches as a New Tool for the Music Industry

American Songwriter: Spotify’s Songwriters Hub Launches as a New Tool for the Music Industry. “Today, Spotify is officially launching the entirety of their Songwriters Hub, and Jules Parker explained it all in an exclusive interview with American Songwriter…. The features of the Hub include Written By playlists (collections of a songwriter’s songs) and podcasts about songwriting (to understand the nuts and bolts of the process).”

CNN: Spotify got a big boost this year from an unexpected audience

CNN: Spotify got a big boost this year from an unexpected audience. “One of the undisputed winners of 2020’s work-from-home transition has been Spotify, and it’s not just because of all the new Taylor Swift albums and addictive true-crime podcasts. As the streaming platform looks back on the biggest trends of 2020, one thing is certain: people are playing lots and lots of video games. People streamed music from their gaming consoles 55% more this year compared to last year, Spotify told CNN Business.”

TechCrunch: Spotify resets passwords after a security bug exposed users’ private account information

TechCrunch: Spotify resets passwords after a security bug exposed users’ private account information. “In a data breach notification filed with the California attorney general’s office, the music streaming giant said the data exposed ‘may have included email address, your preferred display name, password, gender, and date of birth only to certain business partners of Spotify. ‘The company did not name the business partners, but added that Spotify ‘did not make this information publicly accessible.’”

The Fader: Buy your Spotify playlists on Bandcamp with this simple tool

The Fader: Buy your Spotify playlists on Bandcamp with this simple tool. “Using Merch Table is simple: copy and paste the URL for your favorite Spotify list into the toolbar, press ‘Find Releases,’ and the program will search Bandcamp for the songs and generate links to purchase them. Once you’ve done that, you can also copy the master link collecting all the different Bandcamp pages and share it with your friends.”

BBC: Spotify reveals 2020’s most-streamed songs

BBC: Spotify reveals 2020’s most-streamed songs. “Drake, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa and The Weeknd are among the most-streamed artists of 2020, according to figures from Spotify. Drake was the most popular artist in the UK, reclaiming the number one position from Ed Sheeran. The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights was the most-played song in the UK, while Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent was the top album.”

Tom’s Guide: 350,000 Spotify accounts targeted by hackers — what to do

Tom’s Guide: 350,000 Spotify accounts targeted by hackers — what to do. “Up to 350,000 Spotify accounts have been targeted by hackers who are cracking them open using reused or weak passwords, security researchers with Israeli website VPNMentor have revealed. While the music streaming service itself has not been hacked, the researchers found an unprotected online database containing about 380 million individual records.”