Spotify debuts ‘Niche Mixes’ you can build based on description alone

Spotify launched a new feature today called Niche Mixes that lets you create your own personalized mixes based on just a few words of description in the Search tab. For instance, you could type in an

Spotify brings its new audiobooks service to Canada

Spotify’s still relatively new audiobooks service is expanding to Canada, the company announced today, bringing the experience to both English and French-speaking customers. Launched last fall,

Spotify’s new ‘DJ’ feature is the first step into the streamer’s AI-powered future

Spotify has bigger plans for the technology behind its new AI DJ feature after seeing positive consumer reaction to the new feature. Launched just ahead of the company’s Stream On event in L.A.

This Week in Apps: TikTok-style feeds come to Spotify and Reddit; Meta’s Fediverse plans

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app economy in 2023 hit a few snags, as c

Comedian Hasan Minhaj returns as The Riddler in new Spotify podcast series

Among the wave of Spotify announcements coming out of today’s Spotify Stream On event, the company shared some exciting news with podcast listeners — in particular, Batman fans. Spotify is lau

Spotify is revamping its podcaster tools, including Anchor, and is partnering with Patreon

In addition to news related to its mobile app’s revamp and the introduction of TikTok-style music and podcast discovery feeds, Spotify announced podcast-focused news at its Stream On event in LA

Spotify introduces Countdown Pages and its own Stories feature

It’s not just TikTok Spotify is taking inspiration from with its app’s redesign, the company also announced today new features inspired by YouTube and other social platforms, like Instagra

Spotify debuts new growth and discovery tools for artists, merch and live events

At Spotify’s Stream On event today, the company introduced new tools to help artists on the streaming service build an audience and grow. Spotify showcased a suite of tools to help artists find fans

Spotify revamps its app with TikTok-style discovery feeds, Smart Shuffle for playlists and more

At Spotify’s Stream On event today in LA, the company introduced a significant redesign of its app, which capitalizes on its investments in personalization technology while also adopting a simil

EU antitrust regulators target Apple’s ‘anti-steering’ developer restrictions, but drop in-app purchases case

The European Commission (EC) has confirmed a previously issued preliminary view that Apple’s so-called “anti-steering” practices, which prevent developers from informing users about

Spotify kills its heart button to be replaced with a ‘plus’ sign

Spotify announced today that it is consolidating the heart and the “Add to playlist” icons into a single plus button, allowing users to save all songs, albums, playlists, audiobooks, podcasts or e

Magic Eraser comes to more devices, Spotify gains an AI DJ, and Netflix decreases prices

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This Week in Apps: Meta’s paid verifications, Instagram’s founders’ new app and Spotify’s AI DJ

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app economy in 2023 hit a few snags, as c

Spotify is testing playlists that could be unlocked by NFT holders

Unlocking exclusive access has been a long-held promise of a lot of NFT-based communities. And now, Spotify is helping some of them realize that claim with token-gated playlists. According to a series

Spotify launches ‘DJ,’ a new feature offering personalized music with AI-powered commentary

Ahead of Spotify’s upcoming Stream On event, where the company is expected to announce a redesigned home feed and other updates, the company today launched a new AI feature called “DJ&#822

Spotify now lets you select which playlists you’d like to impact your recommendations less

Spotify is finally introducing a highly requested feature. The streaming service announced today that it’s launching a new “Exclude from your Taste Profile” feature that lets you kee

Spotify’s test of a Friends tab on mobile hints at expanded social ambitions

Spotify’s success with Wrapped, its year-end review, designed for social sharing, may be pushing the company toward building more social experiences directly into its mobile app. The company for

Spotify’s third-party billing option has now reached over 140 global markets

In its fourth-quarter earnings, Spotify announced today its User Choice Billing program has now expanded to more than 140 markets worldwide, allowing the streaming music service to reduce the commissi

Spotify cuts 6% of its workforce, impacting 600 people

Music streaming service Spotify has announced that it will be conducting a round of layoffs that will impact around 6% of its global workforce. In its most recent earnings release, the company said th

Smores is a music discovery app with a TikTok-like feed

Music streaming platforms all claim to use both artificial intelligence and manual curation to find new songs from emerging artists. But users often have to listen to many songs just to find some lika
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