The live map, above, called “Musical Map: Cities of the World,” displays listening trends in over one thousand cities and creates a specialized playlist for each. Spotify will work to update each distinctive city playlist on a bi-monthly basis, as each update “involves analyzing approximately 20 billion listener/track relationships.”
We travel to experience what makes a place different, and special, by sampling local specialties.
Let’s try the same approach with music, on a big map of the world. You can click any of nearly a thousand cities to hear a playlist of the music that is most distinctively enjoyed there.
What do we mean by “distinctive?” This is music that people in each city listen to quite a bit, which people in other cities also do not listen to very much. So it is, exactly, the music that makes them different from people everywhere else.
Whenever you want, your headphones can take you to hundreds of cities on this map — an interactive audiographic guide to how the world listens to music. Because this music represents music that over-indexes in these cities, it’s a great way to pluck local favorites from around the world and add the ones you like to Your Music in Spotify.
And with that, yet another complexity is added to the war of the streaming services. Big ups to Spotify, though—this feature is pretty cool.