Spotify’s new ‘Tastebuds’ feature will let you discover music through your friends

Tastebuds is touted to be a revamp of 'Friends Weekly playlist.'

Swedish streaming giant Spotify is currently testing a feature that will make you explore the world of music furthermore with the help of your friends’ music choices. Dubbed as ‘Tastebud,’ it was first discovered by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. She said that she found the prototype on the web version of Spotify during reverse-engineering.

A dummy landing page was found that explains, “Now you can discover music through friends whose taste you trust.” Click here to have a look. To access the ‘Tastebuds’ tab, tap on the navigation section beside the Home and Library tabs. If you click on the pen icon, users can search through people they follow, see the songs they’ve been playing the most, and add songs to their own playlists.

Spotify hasn’t been the torch-bearer when it comes to sharing content and the limited reach of Activity Feed is proof. It can only be accessed from the desktop version of Spotify. Moreover, there was an in-app messenger that allowed users to share music with each other, which was soon scrapped. Instead, users now share songs on their social media.

If my guess is right, ‘Tastebuds’ could be a 2.0 version of Friends Weekly which was spotted early this year that showed a personalized playlist of what’s on your friends’ Discover playlists. These new social additions to the service could be a sign that Spotify is actually thinking of sharing music to social media with the help of in-built features.


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