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The Spotify app is getting another new feature you didn't ask for

The Spotify app is getting another new feature you didn't ask for

A little over a year back, Spotify was found testing its own voice bot with the "Hey Spotify" wake phrase, akin to Google Assistant. Since then, we haven’t heard much about the new voice feature, though it now looks to be rolling out as a wider public release.

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Spotify thinks it's really, finally, definitely figured out what you want to listen to this time

Spotify thinks it's really, finally, definitely figured out what you want to listen to this time

Spotify has spent the last year annoying its users with podcast exclusives and UI changes on desktop, but if you've been sticking by the app on the strength of its discovery engine, there's finally some good news for you. Daily mixes are getting a much-needed rejuvenation, with three new types of custom playlists now available for streaming.

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Spotify's latest purchase hints at Twitch-style live concerts

Spotify's latest purchase hints at Twitch-style live concerts

Spotify has been aggressively expanding into the podcasting space to diversify its offerings. It appears that the company has found a new frontier for its ambitions: live streaming audio. Spotify just purchased Betty Labs, the parent company of iOS app Locker Room, which is all about live audio chat rooms for sports fans.

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Spotify's controversial new desktop UI is official

Spotify's controversial new desktop UI is official

In December, Spotify garnered controversy after forcing some of its paying users to test a new version of its desktop and web apps. Not only had these users not signed up to become beta testers, but the interface itself was clunky and broken, with questionable changes made to search and artist pages. Spotify is making the update available to everyone beginning today, and for better or worse, most of the UI elements we saw last year seem to be here to stay.

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Spotify outlines plans for a more useful Home page

Spotify outlines plans for a more useful Home page

Heavy Spotify users know that its interface is functional, but a long way from elegant. The streaming service is planning a few targeted updates to the app's home screen, hopefully making it simpler to get to the content you're looking for. The changes are focused on exploring the songs you've already enjoyed, and podcasts. Because of course, podcasts.

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Gaze into your Spotify belly button any day of the week

Gaze into your Spotify belly button any day of the week

We all enjoy a little musical navel-gazing from time to time, and that's why Spotify created things like Spotify Wrapped, which gives you a fun year-in-review glimpse of your musical tastes. But it isn't always available — you can't just generate a new Spotify Wrapped for the last couple of months whenever you want. While it's objectively a pretty poor replacement, a new tool called volt.fm can give you a low-rent teaser of that experience on-demand.

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Spotify's new library UI shows all your offline content on one screen

Spotify's new library UI shows all your offline content on one screen

A couple of days ago, we shared with you a new design for Spotify's library that seems to be in very limited testing. The interface, which mixes music with podcasts and offers both list and grid layouts, has four filters on top for your playlists, artists, albums, and podcasts. But it turns out there's a fifth one that only shows up when you set some music to download for offline use, and honestly, I think this is my favorite feature of the redesign.

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Spotify is testing a redesigned (and much-improved) library UI

Spotify is testing a redesigned (and much-improved) library UI

The Spotify Android app hasn't seen a major design overhaul for a few years now, but it does get incremental updates on a regular basis. The latest section of the app to get a new lick of paint is the library, which was last upgraded in 2019 to accommodate podcasts.

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Spotify is bringing full, live lyrics to music streaming in the US

Spotify is bringing full, live lyrics to music streaming in the US

Those who listen to music on Spotify may have wanted to look at lyrics at one point or another. For many of them, Genius's "Behind the Lyrics" experience, which only gave some lyrics alongside a big dose of trivia for some songs, hasn't cut the mustard. But after years of demand, the streaming company has relented, confirming that it is testing a full lyrics experience in the U.S.

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Spotify patents tech that monitors your speech and infers emotions from it

Spotify patents tech that monitors your speech and infers emotions from it

Targeted advertising is often incredibly spot-on, leading some people to believe that social networks and advertisers are using their phones' microphones to spy on them. While that's just a myth, Spotify appears to be exploring the possibilities offered from listening to its subscribers. The company filed a patent detailing how it could use microphones to determine people's "emotional state, gender, age, or accent," according to Music Business Worldwide.

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