Thursday, 26 November 2020

Why Is An Obscure B-Side Pavement's Top Song On Spotify? It's Complicated.

quote [ “No doubt, there are sinister aspects to it,” Malkmus says of the cautious reading that Spotify might be promoting more neutral songs in artists’ libraries — to say nothing of the new tiered-royalty Autoplay adjustment, which was announced after the interviews for this story took place. “But it’s nothing that I feel that we’re surprised at anymore.” ]

More bland is more better.
[SFW] [music] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@4:39pmGMT]


bbrack said @ 5:30pm GMT on 26th Nov
One of my most treasured cassettes from the days where I put a gross amount of effort into music collecting was that full b-side on the tape, with a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion bootleg collection on the other side.
mechavolt said @ 6:51pm GMT on 27th Nov
Due to the complexity of song similarity, it would not surprise me if Spotify were using a machine learning-based algorithm. And if that's the case, it's essentially a black box, and not a single engineer at Spotify can tell you specifically why this is happening other than hunches and general ideas. It does make me wish that Spotify would let users manipulate the recommendations, though. Like a toggle for obscure vs mainstream, or limit to just billboard 100 hits or something.

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