At the end of every year, millions of Spotify users look forward to their Spotify Wrapped, a personalized look at your activity for the year. It gives users insight into their top songs, artists, podcasts, and genres along with some miscellaneous statistics they mess around with every year. For many, it’s fun to see their music consumption broken down like this especially since Spotify adds onto it every year.
Recently, people have also been interested in how to view things like their top songs or artists they listen to outside of the end-of-year wrap-up. Luckily, there’s a large community of talented developers making new ways for users to expand their Spotify experience.
One such site that does this is Stats for Spotify, where users can see their top 50 tracks and artists ranging from the last four weeks, the last 6 months, and of all time. This gives people a way to see trends in their listening habits like an album that came out in the past month that they’ve had on repeat or which artists have had the biggest presence in their life.
When looking at your top tracks, it then gives you the ability to generate a playlist with your results. And, if you revisit the site, it’ll show you how results have changed since your last visit. That way you can detect your listening trends in an even shorter period of time.
Stats for Spotify is just one of many programs Spotify users can use to get a clear look at the music that defines their time on Spotify. In fact, a lot of cool programs can be found on Spotify’s Developer Showcase, a collection of apps users and other developers can use for all sorts of purposes.
Another program people may or may not know about is Musicscape, which generates a minimalist landscape based on your recent listening activity. While it seems completely frivolous, it’s still fun and easy to use.
How it works is it takes in several factors from your recent listens like the tone, energy level, how active of a listener you’ve been, and more. Those factors then go into determining the details of your landscape from the color palette, the time of day, how many mountains there are, and the shape of said mountains. Since the landscape generates based on the last 50 tracks you’ve listened to, it changes constantly, so you can check back whenever to see how your personal landscape has changed.
Another more elaborate program users might be interested in is Organize Your Music, which, as the name suggests, organizes your Spotify music by a wide array of categories including mood, genre, styles, popularity, and more. This could be especially useful if you’re like me and have a huge music library to sort through.
The most eye-catching categories are the genres which range from broad, familiar ones (pop, rock, r&b, rap, country) to the more granular ones (bubblegrunge, afrofuturism, french synthpop, political hip hop, glitchcore.)
The fun doesn’t stop there, however. Once you’ve picked one or more categories, you can then move on to the other features like making plots. You can make plots based on over a dozen different conditions including energy, loudness, speechiness, and popularity. Then you can fiddle around with some of the tool options to get a more specialized look at certain parts of the graph– which might help you on the next tab.
Lastly, Organize Your Music allows you to stage playlists that it’ll save to your Spotify library for you. From either the Tracklist tab or the Plots tab you can select songs to go to put in your new playlist. So, for example, you can make a playlist with a select window of songs with a certain loudness and energy level in a certain genre.
Through extra apps and programs like the ones mentioned and many more on Spotify’s Developer Showcase, Spotify users can amplify their experience. All of these developers work to provide something that they think users want whether that’s a program that makes playlists for you or recommends you music or anything else you could need.
Even without these extra programs though, Spotify is known for constantly making new changes themselves from basic aesthetic redesigns to all new features for listeners. For instance, they recently added new personalized mixes, an evolved form of their popular Daily Mixes. Like the Daily Mixes, these are playlists personalized based off of your listening habits for genres, artists, and decades.