Spotify launches two more algo-personalised playlists
Spotify’s algorithms are being put through their paces again, with the launch of two new algo-personalised playlists by the streaming service. They’re called ‘On Repeat’ and ‘Repeat Rewind’,...
September 25, 2019
YouTube’s ‘Discover Mix’ playlist is rolling out globally
Weekly, algo-personalised playlists have become a common feature of the music-streaming landscape, from Spotify’s ‘Discover Weekly’ and ‘Release Radar’ to Apple’s ‘New Music Mix’, ‘Favourites Mix’ and...
September 23, 2019
‘Juicing’ YouTube views with ads isn’t just an India thing
Sony Music artist Badshah came under the spotlight recently when his label claimed he’d broken YouTube’s first-day-views record; YouTube pointedly didn’t confirm it (and still hasn’t); and then debate ensued about...
September 5, 2019
BBC promises to build ‘public-service’ recommendation algorithm
UK public-service broadcaster the BBC is hoping to jog people out of their algorithmic comfort-zones with recommendations in its BBC Sounds app. The broadcaster’s director of radio and education James Purnell announced...
May 15, 2019
Tidal launches its own algo-personalised My Mix playlists
Remember the days when Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist seemed like algorithmic sorcery? Now the idea of ‘algo-personalised’ streaming playlists is almost commodified: or at least, most streaming services have them...
December 19, 2018
Pandora debuts its Podcast Genome Project for recommendations
Pandora has launched its Podcast Genome Project, which aims to do for podcasts what its famous Music Genome Project does for music – blend human and algorithmic curation to make recommendations to its listeners. For now,...
November 14, 2018
Report 391 – 50 Sense
In our cover feature we round up the topics, the trends and the gossip from the 50th Midem. From streaming losses to playlisting and from China to the new A&R, here is your essential guide to where the music industry...
June 8, 2016
David Byrne flies the flag for human curators
We’ve been thinking about curation this week – see our lead story – but so has David Byrne. Mainly because he’s curating this year’s Meltdown festival in London, but also because of his long-term musing on internet...
June 3, 2015
Netflix on how recommendations fuel three quarters of its viewing
75% of the films and TV shows that people watch on Netflix come from the service's recommendations, rather than users' own searches.
August 8, 2013