When Spotify launched its personalised Daily Mix playlists in September 2016, they were only available within its Android and iOS apps.
Now the feature is crossing back to Spotify’s desktop application. At least, it is for some users: when I launched the app this morning, ‘Your Daily Mix’ was available as an option under the ‘Your Music’ section of the left-hand menu bar.
Although Spotify has not announced the change, it has updated the Daily Mix section of its support website accordingly with the sentence “On Desktop, you’ll find it under Your Music”.
Daily Mix was an extension of the work Spotify has been doing with algorithmically-generated, personalised playlists like Discover Weekly and Release Radar.
In its original form, it was a set of one to six playlists created for every Spotify user, based on different clusters of their tastes, with a mixture of familiar songs they’ve listened to before, and new tracks that Spotify’s algorithm thinks they’ll like – with the ability to ban tracks and artists if it gets this wrong.
For example, my Daily Mix 2 is a feast of Britpop and baggy, my Daily Mix 5 is more soul and trip-hop, and my Daily Mix 6 is a rawk-focused Black Crowes / Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones selection.
Spotify may have taken Daily Mix to the desktop, but for now the feature remains online-only: you can’t set any of the mixes to download for offline play as you can regular playlists.
“Daily Mix lines up thousands of tracks and retunes frequently, so it’s not possible to download for offline listening,” explains the support page. There is an option – as there has been since launch – to add the contents of a mix to one of your own playlists, and then take the latter offline.
For now, Daily Mix is only available within Spotify’s own apps, rather than through partners like Sonos – although the latter’s recent addition of the Spotify Connect technology means listeners can stream Daily Mix to a Sonos from their mobile device (and now, their computer).