Spotify used to have a ‘Friends’ Top 50’ chart listing the top songs that a listener’s friends had been playing, although at some point it was quietly removed from the service. Now Apple Music is bringing the idea back with a new personalised playlist called Friends Mix.
It’s appearing for some of that service’s listeners, anyway, as a playlist that appears to update every Monday. It follows the introduction of limited social features – profiles for example – in the Apple Music update in last year’s iOS 11 software.
As 9 to 5 Mac notes, Friends Mix is another arrow in Apple’s hyper-personalisation quiver, joining the Favourites Mix (which updates on Tuesdays); New Music Mix (Fridays) and Chill Mix (Sundays) which are all based on each listener’s habits. “That just leaves Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for Apple to eventually fill,” as the article put it. Beyond ruling out ‘Far-Right Conspiracy-Toting Shouty Men Podcasts Mix’ as a contender, we’re open to all possibilities.