Spotify’s music and talk shows bring the feel of radio to your streaming service

Spotify’s new audio experiences want to bring back the personality to music mixes with a DJ keeping you company as you listen.

Music streaming has quickly become the number one way for many people to listen to music. Some of the newest generations might not even know what the radio experience is like, but for those missing it Spotify have some potentially exciting new content on the way.

Spotify are experimenting with combining mixes of great music with talking commentary connecting the dots between each track and keeping listeners company. They will essentially be the radio DJ hosts of various different mixes on Spotify.

The combination of music and talk show will be launched in episodes and users will be able to listen by tapping ‘Explore Episode’ on the episode pages or simply tapping play at the bottom of the screen.

The shows that are recorded and available on Spotify will only be found on Spotify as they still use Spotify’s streaming catalogue as with any other playlists or mixes. This means that any artists played in these shows will earn money for each play.

For now, Spotify have launched seven new shows in this format with plans to expand if there is a clear audience for them. Check them out for yourself:

Google are no longer selling music on the Play Store

Google Play’s music offerings are officially no more. At the start of this month the Google Play Music streaming service shut down and the Play Store’s music library for official downloads has gone as well.

Those who have purchased music from the Google Play store in the past will still be able to get their music, at least for now. Through Google Takeout users can download their previously purchased music, music wishlists and reviews, and a list of the tracks, playlists, and radio stations in their library.

Google Play Music users can also transfer their music library to YouTube Music so they don’t lose all of the music they have saved to their accounts. They can do this with the click of a button by heading to music.youtube.com/transfer.

Google users have until the end of the year before their data will be wiped on both. So if you’ve been collecting a music library over the years, do not hesitate to download your purchases and get your music moved!

If you’re looking to move your library to another music service than YouTube Music then we wrote about a service which does this – not perfectly, but certainly makes it quicker than manually clicking each artist over!

RouteNote users who have uploaded to Google Play Music in the past: Your music has been automatically added to YouTube Music and they will now be our partner. This change will be made in the stores selector page in the coming weeks.

John Lennon comes to TikTok with 11 tracks and a new account

If John Lennon were today he’d probably be a TikTok-er, right? Well, probably not but now him and his music are on there regardless.

TikTok may not have been something that John Lennon would have gotten behind were he here today. Or perhaps he would have triumphantly championed it and other social media sites as a platform where he could share a message immediately with the entire world listening.

Whatever his thoughts may have been; his estate, Universal Music Group, and the huge video app TikTok have partnered to bring him onto the platform anyway. The musician has already earned over 360k likes and more than 50k followers since arriving on the platform last month.

The account shares images, video clips, quotes, and music from the late artist and beloved Beatle. Whatever your thoughts on the controversial peace-touter, the people behind the account are hoping to continue spreading his messages (or just sell records…) through this new account.

The launch of Lennon on TikTok also brings 11 of his tracks to the massive social video-sharing platform. TikTok users will now be able to use these tracks to soundtrack their own uploads. There’s also a Lennon TikTok “challenge” (do you think he’s rolling in that grave?) where fans can tag their uploads with #GimmeSomeTruth.

Spotify’s Family Plan just got a little more expensive in Australia

Spotify’s Family Plan is a famously incredible discount for a household of music streamers. Unfortunately in Australia the still-brilliant deal is now a little less sweet.

Spotify’s Family Plan allows up to six different listeners from a household all listen under one subscription with their own taste profiles. It’s a huge discount on individual subscriptions for each of the household. As such, Australia won’t be too hurt by the new price change.

Spotify have increased the price of the Family Plan in Australia from $17.99 to $18.99 in AUS dollars. The price change made effective at the start of October for new subscribers and will now affect all existing Australian Family Plan subscribers each month starting November 1st.

In a statement Spotify said that they made the price update so that they can “continue offering a unique service”. They also mentioned that their prices have always varied between different regions and their choices are based on local economies as well as their own position.

Whilst a price gauge won’t exactly be a welcome change for Aussie listeners, the value of the Family Plan cannot be understated. At $11.99 for a single person’s Premium subscription, even just 2 people on the plan are saving money.

Family Plan’s also offer extras for the listeners on the plan, like a playlist mix of all of the individual listener’s tastes and parental controls for parents letting their young ones listen.

Deezer’s podcasts are now in 51 more countries

Deezer have launched their podcast packed ‘Shows’ section in 51 new countries across Europe and Latin America.

Deezer are expanding their podcast offerings to countries around the world. Joining other streaming services like Spotify who are seeing the huge popularity in podcasts alongside music, Deezer have added their ‘Shows’ tab to 51 new countries where Deezer is available.

The 51 countries that now have Deezer Shows are all within Europe and Latin America. The new tab offers thousands of podcasts covering talk shows, cooking, history, games, and, of course, music; amongst many others.

Deezer’s Vice President of Content, Frédéric Antelme said: “Our data shows that listeners who have access to the Shows tab discover and listen to more podcasts. They’re also more engaged with the platform overall. Opening up the Shows tab across Europe and South America makes sure that more people than ever have access to a powerful and simple way to enjoy podcasts.

“It’s designed from the ground up to make your experience as seamless and personal as possible. And the more you use it, the better Deezer becomes at offering you new shows you’ll enjoy.”

Apple Music launch a Disney hub full of playlists, albums and stations

Apple Music gets a new home for all of their Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars soundtracks, playlists and radio stations.

“Celebrate the timeless legacy of Disney with this unique collection of playlists, radio stations, and soundtracks. From enchanted forests to galaxies far, far away, discover the magic of all your Disney favorites, including Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and many more!”

Apple and Disney’s history goes way back, with Steve Jobs as the largest single shareholder and Disney’s Executive Chairman Bob Iger who was an Apple board member until last year, due to conflict between new streaming services Disney+ and Apple TV+. However, Apple and Disney seem to be back on good terms as Apple recently started selling 4K Disney films and now the Disney hub full of music on Apple’s streaming platform.

The new Disney hub hosts over 30 playlists such as Marvel Complete Cinematic Universe, Star Wars: Skywalker Saga, Disney+, Disney Channel Hits, Disney Pixar Hits, many original soundtrack albums and Disney Radio stations. The hub also features a recent show from Apple Music Radio – Disney Hits Radio with favourite Disney songs alongside interviews with composer Alan Menken, Mulan soundtrack singer Christina Aguilera, Moana singer Auli’i Cravalho and The Little Mermaid singer Jodi Benson.

Spotify users needn’t feel left out, with the dedicated Disney genre on the streaming service.

Spotify introduce Promo Cards – shareable custom assets for your music and artist profile

Spotify’s new Promo Cards tool allows artists to easily create social media assets for your songs, albums and artist profiles to share online.

Since the explosion of social media, it has allowed a relationship between artists and fans like never before. Streaming and social media are more connected than ever allowing artists a real connection with their fans, however for the independent artists, their role has expanding beyond playing music.

Spotify for Artists are hoping to relieve some of the strain on artists, making graphic design as easy as a few clicks. Promo Cards helps you create eye-catching shareable social media assets and grow your audience across platforms. Easily create cards to promote your new songs, albums, artist profile or celebrate wins for getting playlisted.

  • SELECT: Search for the content you want to promote. You can share your artist profile, a track, or an album. If one of your songs has been playlisted, you’ll see the option to share a customized Promo Card in the search results for the track.
  • CUSTOMIZE: How do you want fans to see the image? Will it be square, horizontal, or portrait? You can choose the aspect ratio and background color from a palette of complementary options.
  • SHARE: Download your new creation and upload it wherever you like with the link to your content the site generates. You can also choose one of the direct share options on the site to post it to social media.
Spotify Promo Cards

Simply head to Spotify’s Promo Cards site to get started. The site is availabe in English, Spanish, Portugese and German.

Interestingly, you don’t need to log in to Spotify for Artists or claim your profile to create a promo card. Just head to the site above, click GET STARTED, type any artists, album, song, podcast or episode, customize and share online. Here’s one I made earlier:

Spotify Promo Cards Example

This is great, as it allows artist’s team members, podcasts guests or simply artist’s fans to quickly create good looking social elements without needing a Spotify for Artists login.

YouTube Music launch Global Charts letting your explore the most popular music around the world

Browse the top songs, music videos, artists and trending music around the world and in 57 individual countries with YouTube Music’s new Global Charts.

YouTube Music launched the Explore tab within their music streaming platform in April. Explore is YouTube’s music discovery tool, showing new albums, singles, music videos, charts, mood/genre playlists and trending content based on your listening data. YouTube Music have now added a new Charts feature within the Explore tab.

Global Charts features the following:

  • Top songs – The most played songs on YouTube
  • Top music videos – The most viewed music videos
  • Top artists – The biggest artists on YouTube
  • Genres – The top videos across the major genres on YouTube
  • Trending – What’s new and hot in music right now

Engage with the most popular and trending music in your country, globally or filter by one of 57 different countries around the world, with more coming soon. Popularity is based on view counts across all videos that feature the full track such as music videos, lyric videos and user-uploaded videos. Top artists are based on lifetime views across their entire discography.

YouTube Music Charts US

This news from YouTube came the same day Spotify launched global and US based weekly song and album charts on Twitter. The new Spotify charts are slightly different however, as they currently offer no seemless way to play the tracks, such as a weekly chart playlist.

YouTube Music now lets free users cast uploaded music to smart speakers.

YouTube Music lets free users cast uploaded music to speakers

YouTube Music users on the free tier can now cast there owned music to smart speakers. You’ll still need a Premium account to cast streamed music.

Previously a Premium account was required to cast any music on the platform to speakers. Now, YouTube Music are allowing users to cast their own uploaded music to speakers. Unfortunately the fun stops there for free users. You’ll still need a Premium account to cast any non-uploaded music to speakers.

Since announcing its plans to shutdown Google Play Music, YouTube Music has vastly increased its features to become a fully fledged music streaming platform. Google Play Music users have until December to transfer their data over to YouTube Music before the service closes for good.

YouTube Music added the ability to upload your own music to your library earlier this year, however casting any tracks, even ones you owned, was unavailable on the free tier.

You’ll see the cast icon in the upper right corner of the play screen. Attempting to cast non-uploaded YouTube Music will show the message “Only uploaded music can play on your speakers. Get Premium to play all of YouTube Music”

YouTube Music Casting

You can now search for a song on Spotify by lyrics

After Apple Music added the feature back in 2018, Spotify introduce lyric search to their apps, making finding that hard to remember track easier.

Announced by a Spotify engineer on Twitter, you can now search for songs on Spotify by their lyrics. The Tweet states the feature is now live on iOS and Android. I found it to work on the Mac and web apps too.

Simply type some lyrics into the search field. Search results that contain the lyrics input will states Lyrics match. The lyrics are presumably added by Spotify’s partners with lyric platforms such as Genius and Musixmatch. To get your song lyrics on Spotify and other music streaming services, make sure your lyric data is on all major platforms such as Genius and Musixmatch.

Spotify also recently launched a new weekly songs and album chart.