Spotify’s new site creates personalised workout playlists


Spotify’s latest campaign to create personalised playlists for listeners is called Soundtrack Your Workout, aimed at people who are exercising.

On the new website, they choose a workout length (from 15 minutes to two hours); choose to include only music, only podcasts, or a mix of the two; explain what exercise they’re doing (yoga, running, biking, cardio, dance, weightlifting, walking/meditation or barre/pilates); and say if they’re exercising alone or with others (partners, friends, kids, erm, pets).

They then choose a vibe (totally zen, ready to dance, pumped up etc) and one or two genres (rock, hip-hop, country, pop, indie, K-Pop, Latin or metal) and get a playlist tailored for their workout. It’s a fun idea, and well-timed for people trying to keep fit during the Covid-19 lockdown.

There are some strange quirks though: dance/electronic music missing from the genre options for starters. Meanwhile, can you spot the puzzlingly odd-tracks-out on this rock and metal playlist we got the algorithm to whip up for us this morning?

Eamonn Forde

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