Spotify is revamping the way its users can find new music on the streaming service with the introduction of Follow and Discover tabs.
Follow, as the name suggests, lets you follow other users on Spotify in a Twitter style, so you can see what friends and indeed celebs or musicians are listening to in real-time, and check out their playlists.
Spotify boasts on its blog page: “Want to hear Obama’s playlist as he prepares for a big speech? Or check out what David Guetta is listening to this week? Now you can.”
Of course, just as with Twitter, other folks can follow you as well.
The Discover tab is all about receiving personal recommendations for new music to listen to. It will notify you of new singles or albums from artists you follow, and playlists shared by them – and it will intelligently recommend tracks based on your listening history.
Spotify has also polished its website, and introduced a new audio preview to let you listen to a snippet of a song without abandoning the track you’re currently playing.
These features are rolling out soon, first to the desktop Spotify app in the “coming weeks,” with the update spreading to mobile platforms early next year.
There’s also a bit of good news for metal-heads, in that Spotify has announced a deal with Metallica – and the band’s music (from over the past three decades) will be available to stream for the first time.