22 July 2020
Spotify is said to be testing a new feature that will let users discover music through their friends. As spotted by the reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong, the feature discovers music based on the tastes of your friends in music. Understand that the music streaming service already allows your friends to share their favorite playlist with you so that you could know about their taste in music, but the spotted feature works differently and in fact, smartly.
The app appears to let users explore the music tastes of their friends, like what they are playing or what they often play. So, calling it to be a social discovery feature, the Tastebuds resides as a navigation option alongside our Library and Home/Browse sections.
Spotify has also published a landing page for the feature, which is non-functional currently. This prototype feature has been discovered in the web version of Spotify by Jane and the tipster has given more details exclusive to Techcrunch as well. According to the site citing the tipster, users tap the pen icon to search the people they follow. From there, users can view information about what users have been playing most and easily listen along or add songs to their own library.
Spotify has some traditional methods to share music with your friends and family. You can do this via simply SMS, or other apps like Facebook Messenger and more. You can also post songs to your Instagram and let people know about your mood. The newest feature Tastebuds will, however, keep the users inside the app without the need of sharing it using other apps.
It should be noted here that Spotify did bring an in-app inbox feature for sharing songs but it later removed as it might not have wanted to make the music discovery app a social app.
The yet-to-arrive Tastebuds would work differently without letting you interact with your friends. It’s essentially a new music discovery method to keep you hooked to the app even more without making the app an entirely social media app.
The scarcity of such a feature had always been there, though never uttered loudly. While jamming to our favorite tracks, we do want to know the preferences of our friends or what they like to listen to most, or what's their taste in music.
In related coverage, it was earlier assumed that Spotify might have made a deal with the music dating startup called Tastebuds.fm. But later on, a spokesperson from Spotify clarified that while the company tests new products and experiences, this one is not related to the Tastebud.fm startup.
We’re always testing new products and experiences, but have no further news to share at this time.” They also said this is not related to the Tastebuds.fm startup.