I recently did a piece on Amazon Music Unlimited and how it compares to its competitors, which helped me look into the pros and cons of each music subscription service. There definitely are features available in one or two but not in the others – with some being service-defining flagship marketing center points.
Despite Spotify’s current lack of high-fidelity audio streaming, people still continue to praise it for its unbeatable music discovery algorithms.
It seems that the app is always on point when it comes to serving up hidden gems through recommendations, based on songs that I love and listen to frequently. Looking through my refreshed Discover Weekly has become a tradition that I don’t dare miss, and I find myself adding most of the songs to my playlists.
More often than not, these lowkey hits eventually become TikTok viral sensations – which just speak for how good they are. That is what makes Spotify different from other streaming services that seem to recommend songs just because they’re part of this week’s top hits or so.
The Apple Music Discovery Station Playlist
Apple Music acknowledges this advantage and has released something very similar, called “Discovery Station.” It’s a playlist that’s automatically generated based on the user’s liked songs, listening history, and a bevy of other considerations.
Based on what we’ve seen so far, it still needs some work with how deep its musical analysis gets but for now, the addition of the feature is impressive enough. I’m not exactly sure if it also uses a weekly refresh schedule like Spotify’s.
Some recommendations on my end are to allow users to specify how often the playlist refreshes, and this gives users the opportunity to view last week’s playlists for up to a month or so. There’s nothing more annoying than losing your “Discover Weekly” and praying that the songs are still in your listening history tabs.
Anyway, if Apple can continue evolving its Music “Discovery Station” feature to exclude special editions of songs currently in my playlists, as well as gain a better sense of what I’m into at the moment, then it would surely be a worthy rival to Spotify.
Here’s how to access your Apple Music Discover Station Playlist. Simply open the app and go to “Listen Now.” Then scroll down until you arrive at “For You,” where you should find the Discovery Station Playlist.
What do you think of this development? What’s your go-to streaming service? Comment below!
As someone who is very passionate about all things tech, Nath loves breaking concepts down into simple terms for even beginners to understand. In his free time, he travels, indulges in his automotive hobbies, or simply looks for new jams to listen to.