It has been almost three months since the launch of our beta. We have read carefully all of your feedbacks, and we are proud to release today our biggest update until now. We have gone from a simple tool to build a playlist with the most popular tracks from an artist or label to a tool letting you customize your playlist in any way you can imagine.
Let's take a few minutes to go through the process of creating your smart and automated playlist on Spotify.
First things first: the artists and labels
The most important input for your playlist is the list of artists and labels from which we should get the tracks. You can build pretty complex criteria so that we select the right tracks.
If you select one artist, we will get all the tracks from this artist. If you select multiple artist, we will get all the tracks from each of the artists. If you select, on the same criterion, one artist and one label, we will select the tracks from the selected artist released on the selected label. If you select only one label, we will get all the tracks released on this label.
The fun part: the filters
This is the section where the playlist creation can become more complex. We allow you to add multiple filters so that only the right tracks reach your playlist. For a track to be added in your playlist, it needs to match all the filters you have created.
We currently offer 8 types of filters:
- Release date
As you can imagine, it would for example be easy to build a playlist containing only tracks released on the last 6 months, that have a high energy, feels positive/happy and have a tempo of at least 128 BPM. You can get more information about each filter on our FAQ.
Which subset of tracks to select
At this point, we have a set of tracks matching your artist/labels criteria and all your filters. You probably have an idea of the number of tracks you want to include on your playlist, the norm being around 50 tracks for the most followed playlists. So we will need to select the right subset.
Here gain, we leave you the choice. Do you want the most popular tracks? The most recent tracks? The most energetic? The ones with the higher tempo?
Final step: the sorting
It is almost done. We have selected the tracks you want to add to your playlist. One last parameter is how we should order them. Once again, it is possible to sort them by popularity, tempo, energy, valence, release date, ...
As you can see, we have evolved to a more complex playlist creation process, allowing you to customize as much as possible the end result, while trying to keeping it simple to configure. Try it out and let us know what you think!