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Spotify launches amazing “Release Radar” feature

by Todd Haselton | August 5, 2016August 5, 2016 6:30 pm PST


Spotify recently announced a new feature called “Release Radar.” It’s a 2-hour playlist that will appear on Spotify once a week and will include new music from artists it thinks you like. It’s similar to the service’s “Discover Weekly” playlist, but only focuses on new music. It’ll help you avoid those moments when, two months after an album’s release, you hear a new single and think to yourself – wait, that band I love has a new album out?

It’s a great idea, and Spotify’s Discover playlist has convinced me that it’s already quite good at finding music it thinks I’ll like.

“Updated every Friday, Release Radar gives you up to two hours of the newest drops from the artists you follow and listen to the most, sprinkled in with some new discoveries based on your recent listening habits,” Spotify explained. “Release Radar is the perfect complement to New Music Friday, which connects you with hot new artists you may not know about yet. You’ll soon find your personalized Release Radar playlist in the New Releases for You section within Discover on mobile and desktop.”

Spotify also points out – and I agree – that this is a great way to find out about new albums from artists that you might already be listening to. Third Eye Blind, for example, has a new single out – and this might be a place where I’d learn about it (had my friends not already told me about it). Release Radar is rolling out today, so keep your eyes peeled for it.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...