If there’s one thing Spotify could be characterised as weak for, it’s music discovery. It’s not awful, but compared to the likes of Last.fm and the myriad of other streaming radio-type services, it’s just not as good. Spotify’s hoping to solve that with an overhauled Radio — bigger, smarter and free-to-all.
Spotify Radio now has unlimited stations, which can be created from a single track, artist or genre. Unlike Last.fm, you get unlimited skips too — you don’t like a song, skip it. Hopefully you shouldn’t have to skip too much, if Spotify really has upped its radio-intelligence game with its “all-new intelligent recommendation engine”, but time will tell I guess.
The new radio is rolling out alongside Spotify’s App Finder in the next few days — but if you just can’t wait, you can grab the preview version of the Spotify client right now and give it a whirl. Hopefully this radio update will pull Spotify up to parity with the others in the music streaming game. This and apps could make it a one-stop-shop for music — at least that’s what Spotify is surely hoping for.