Spotify is rolling out a new curation feature that will reduce the impact of other playlists on your recommendations.
This is called Exclude from your taste profile, and according to the ad (opens in a new tab)the goal is to ensure that your own playlists aren’t inundated with “songs and artists that don’t fit your [your] listening habits” or feel out of place. For example, users can block their children’s music from appearing on their heavy metal/trap Blend playlists if they have a family plan “or dominant white noise”. [their] Check out the weekly. This will tell Spotify which playlist should have its influence diminished; ultimately resulting in a more personalized experience for you.
Other Feature Reports (opens in a new tab) reveal additional details not present in the initial announcement; all of which we were able to confirm thanks to a Spotify representative. Changes to Exclude from your Taste Profile are applied “retroactively” because they will prevent “past and future listening” to a playlist from affecting your own music. This means that even if you voluntarily listen to music from a playlist you don’t like, your recommendations won’t be influenced. But what will affect your taste profile are the songs you like.
Spotify will take liked songs from excluded playlists “in consideration for future recommendations” for a person’s Discover Weekly or Blend collection. So be aware of what you or other family members like on the platform or else those leads will bleed. Also, Exclude from your like profile only applies to playlists – you can’t block individual albums or songs.
Exclude from your Taste Profile will be released on Spotify on Android, iOS, desktop app and web browser version starting today. Be sure to keep an eye out for the update when it hits your device. To enable the feature, select the three dots at the top of a playlist, and in that menu, Exclude from your like profile will appear. And if you ever change your mind, perform the same steps again to disable the feature.
2023 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Spotify, as the update comes amid a particularly quiet time for the platform. several weeks ago the company announced that it was laying off about 600 employees similar to other large technology companies. And at that time, rumors started circulating that the monthly membership fee will drop from $9.99 to $10.99. Nothing is confirmed of course, but given similar price increases elsewhere, this worst-case scenario is unfortunately likely.
Speaking of which, be sure to check out TechRadar’s list of the best music streaming services if you are thinking of giving up on Spotify.
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