Are Spotify’s Vibes The End Of Segregated Listening? (That’s Not What The Data Says.)

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Spotify’s new “vibes” playlists are an attempt to organize music by mood and affect rather than by genre. However, critics have questioned the potential consequences of these playlists, arguing that they may manipulate users’ moods and tastes. In an attempt to better understand the difference between genres and vibes, researchers used a dataset of over 10,000 songs to study the unique artists and moods within each category. They found that while vibes playlists are more diverse and varied than genre playlists, they are also more repetitive and formulaic. This means that while vibes playlists may seem more open and fluid, they may actually be limiting users’ musical experiences. Read full article here

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