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Spotify premium users get better navigation, personalised search and endless Artist Radio

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Earlier this year, Spotify upgrade its free service to allow those without the cash to have a little more freedom within the music-streaming app. Free users were given a little more option in terms of discoverability, along with more song skips.

Now, the company is rolling out a few changes to make things better for its paid, premium customers. Rolling our tight now, the update for premium users includes better search functions, streamlined navigation and endless Artist Radio.

“We’ve refined the navigation to help people quickly find what they’re looking for. Subscribers can get great recommendations on Home, discover something new with Search, and access favorite songs, artists, playlists, and podcasts in Your Library.”

The personalised search functions will let users search for “artists, albums, podcasts, and more,” with the system’s algorithms recommending new music based on those searches.

While premium users already have access to Artist radio, it’s being expanded to be endless, using those same magical algorithms to tune the station to your tastes.

“If a subscriber wants a great playlist based on one of their favorite musicians or songs, they can simply search for it and start listening to one of the brand-new Artist Radio playlists. These offer an endless listening stream personalized to the listener’s own musical tastes. They’re updated regularly to keep things fresh—and what’s more, they’re even downloadable and available to play while offline.”

The update is rolling out for iOS and Android users right now. Of course, if there’s one thing many south African Spotify users want to know more about, it’s the local implementation of the Spotify Family Plan. That allows up to five people within the same household to have their own subscriptions for a reduced cost –  and is the one thing keeping many people from jumping to Spotify from services that include a similar structure, like Google Play Music, Apple Music and Deezer.

Unfortunately, we have no news on that front – though we have regularly poked both Spotify and their local PR for information.

Last Updated: October 19, 2018


  1. G8crasha

    October 19, 2018 at 08:28

    If it wasn’t for Bluetooth Car Audio, I wouldn’t bother with Spotify to be honest. I do love the service though, and it is fast becoming a good investment for me, like Netflix!


  2. kieker

    October 19, 2018 at 08:41

    I love Spotify, I listen to music pretty much constantly; so this is the best R59 a month i’ve invested in a while. There’s only one band I’ve not been able to find that I listen to. Local ska pioneers Leek and the bouncing Uptones, they don’t exist anymore, so maybe that would be why…


    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 19, 2018 at 08:55

      Hey! I have a copy of Roll the Dice. 🙂
      There are a few Leek tunes on Spotify, but ..maybe 4 songs or so.


      • kieker

        October 19, 2018 at 09:01

        Such a cool album, I listen to it a lot in my car. Unfortunately I moved to Pretoria only after they had broken up. So I never got to see them live. I now searched for bouncing uptones instead of leek, and it is there, but yeah, only a few songs like you said. Pity, but at least Fuzigish is on there.


    • Pariah

      October 19, 2018 at 09:35

      The only thing I haven’t been able to find that I wanted was Baby Metal, and that’s due to licensing issues. It’s there, I just can’t play any of it. XD


  3. Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    October 19, 2018 at 09:07

    Massive Spotify convert here, thanks to Geoff always going on about it.


  4. kieker

    October 19, 2018 at 09:50

    btw, i read this morning that Winamp is making a comeback. The spotify interface is really cool for me, but if the new winamp will allow integration with streaming services then i will switch back to winamp for pure nostalgia.


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