Now that it’s been bought by Spotify, The Echo Nest is being dropped by former partners among rival streaming services, but is also getting to work on the next features for its platform. CTO Brian Whitman has given an interview to Billboard which includes several hints about what’s coming next. They include Spotify as “an underlying service” where people may be able to log in to other services and apps with their account to build their taste profile. The Echo Nest is also working hard on the idea of creating playlists based on ideas and concepts in lyrics – “It is a huge focus of interest for us” – and more of an emphasis on albums as well as songs. “The Echo Nest thinks deeply about albums now. We’ve done a lot of work there. I think we’ll announce that, yeah we have thought deeply about it. Hopefully you will see something there soon,” says Whitman.

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