In its continuing battle against Apple Music, Spotify is launching yet another new feature in its iOS app in the form of a personalized list of concert recommendations.
“Looking forward to seeing your favorite bands play live but don’t know when they’re in town? Friday night and want to catch some live music nearby?” Spotify asks in its announcement of the new feature. “We’ve got you covered.”
In July, Spotify debuted Discover Weekly. Updated every Monday morning, Discover Weekly offers a two-hour long playlist with custom recommendations tailored specifically to users. Songs included in your personalized mixtape are based on what you’re listening to and what other users with musical tastes similar to yours are playing on the service.
Now, Spotify is introducing a new feature that also updates periodically, and is similarly focused on discovery and based on users’ listening habits and musical preferences. Simply and aptly called Concerts, it recommends live shows that are scheduled to be held by your favorite artists and soon-to-be favorite acts in and around your location.
To access the concert recommendations just for you, go to the Browse tab in the Spotify app and select Concerts. By default, Concerts shows a list of nearby gigs, but it lets you tap the Change Location option to see what’s playing in a different location (for when you’re traveling for pleasure to a different city, say).
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Concerts is offered by Spotify in partnership with the popular live music service Songkick. And Songkick doesn’t only provide the artist tour dates in Concerts; it also powers the service that allows you to easily purchase tickets for shows you’d like to go to.
The new Concerts feature start rolling out today on Spotify’s official app on iOS as well as on Android.
As a subscriber of Spotify (who has long abandoned thoughts of defecting to Apple Music), I’m glad to see another new feature added to the service, and one that literally brings artists and fans closer together.
Concerts is definitely another point in favor of Spotify, although I won’t be surprised if a similar thing gets added to Apple Music (which has just been launched on Android) through its Connect social network.