Rhapsody's Listener Community makes discovering new music simpler
All the huge music providers have just about the identical catalog, excessive profile holdouts like Taylor Swift apart. At this level, a lot of the innovation occurring in streaming music is round making an attempt to floor songs from these large catalogs that customers have not heard earlier than. Apple Music has its curated editors playlists, Spotify has Uncover Weekly, Google Play Music has its Songza-powered radio stations, and now Rhapsody (aka Napster) is able to unveil its personal answer. It is referred to as the Listener Community, and it leverages all the data the corporate has about what music its customers play to seek out new songs and albums you may take pleasure in.
That knowledge is used to seek out you new music to take heed to in quite a lot of methods, one of the essential of which is known as Music Match. This appears at every little thing you’ve got added to your library in addition to the whole lot you’ve got favorited and compares that listening historical past with different customers. So now, whenever you click on on a consumer, you will see a “match” proportion telling you ways a lot your musical tastes overlap. Somebody with a 15 % match you in all probability will not be keen on following, however somebody with a seventy five % match appears much more more likely to floor music you will care about. (I confirmed that somebody with a ninety five % match in all probability will not have rather a lot new so that you can uncover; Rhapsody will use its algorithms to floor individuals who have excessive match scores that also have some room for locating new songs.)
Naturally, you will not need to go attempting to find customers to comply with. For starters, Rhapsody will supply a playlist particularly containing music from individuals with excessive Music Match scores, and all the songs on it is going to be issues you have not but performed. Once you click on on songs within the playlist, you’ll drill right down to the consumer that Rhapsody’s algorithms pulled the track from. From there, you can begin following that new consumer if you wish to see extra of their musical tendencies in your feeds. You can even get an identical playlist however solely based mostly on music trending from individuals you already comply with, if you wish to play it protected. Whenever you’re visiting the profile of any consumer that you’ve a very good music match with, it’s also possible to take heed to a “matched playlist” of songs based mostly in your comparable tastes.
These trending playlists really feel like a solution to Spotify’s aforementioned Uncover Weekly function, which surfaces a playlist of latest songs you is perhaps fascinated with each Monday. However whereas it isn’t totally clear how Spotify pulls collectively that record for you, Rhapsody needs you to have the ability to see each listener utilizing the service and the way their tastes affect what you are listening to. And to at least one-up Spotify, these playlists are up to date each single day, so there’s all the time a recent stream of songs coming in each from customers you instantly comply with in addition to customers who you won’t know with tastes that intersect.
Rhapsody gave me a preview construct of the app for iOS, however sadly I have never used the service sufficient for it to floor any significant suggestions or playlists. However, it looks like a sensible and distinctive function that the majority different music providers out there do not have. Spotify makes it straightforward to see precisely what everybody you comply with is listening to at a given second, however making an attempt to get a holistic overview of what is trending amongst these associates is extra of a problem — and it is also not that straightforward to seek out customers who’ve comparable tastes.
The notion of surfacing what’s trending amongst your whole listener community truly feels lots like a function the dearly departed Rdio used to supply — it was lifeless easy to start out a station based mostly on what was trending in your community, and Rdio was additionally excellent at suggesting albums based mostly on the listening habits of your mates. As somebody who misses Rdio fairly a bit, I might undoubtedly see this function being helpful. In fact, for starters, you will have to each construct up a listening historical past and discover some pals; I’ve no listening historical past on Rhapsody proper now, and none of my Fb associates use the service. However for the three.5 million present Rhapsody subscribers on the market, this has the potential to be a strong set of latest discovery options. I plan to spend a while with Rhapsody to construct up a listening historical past over the subsequent few weeks and see simply how good it may get at serving to me on the endless quest for brand spanking new tunes.