Five Easy Pieces

Playlists on Spotify and more: 5 easy ways to distinguish

I know that people prefering listen to music or watch movies generally don’t loves so much read, so I apologize to the other, but I will be telegraphic.

Playlists (I refer to Spotify, but the same applies to Deezer and others) are not all the same, and few of them are made with care. A simple distinction would help to choose and follow them better. Depending on how they are designed, playlists can be:

  1. Closed Works or Collections — When you put together the pieces as you did to make a compilation once toasting a CD that couldn’t be changed. Now you can collect it as “hidden” and then publish only when you are convinced to share it with friends, without touching it no more.
  2. Incrementals (and sometimes ‘reverse incremental’ or updated) – After selecting a topic the curator share the tracks ‘as is’ and, because the platform don’t allow to organize them in a different order than putting the newest to the bottom, only the most attentive curators have the patience to change the entire list observing the new songs. A hard work indispensable to allow the followers to be noticed about the changes. It makes sense to store playlists (eg I insert the oldest songs in some of the favorite collections of the current year).
  3. PeriodicalPeriodically Replacing in toto all the tracks of a list; This solution is quite rare and is generally adopted by the agent itself (eg Spotify) to propose or promote the new songs of the week. Few followers are interested in updating so frequently and to grasp the quality (as staff) from a few plays, because they are really very few to have interest in heterogeneous novelty of any musical genre.
  4. Periodically Updated – The songs are added to a list personal taste based or gender based. Each time this happens, forced out of a respective number of pieces
  5. Shared – Perhaps the most original solution, however, only makes sense if the owner is a editor, or if it’s the playlist of more DJs and journalists of a radio or a music magazine.

Then there are the stylistic features: A choice issue; A personal choice; A communicative purposes; A participatory purposes … but here I know I have already lost the attention of most of my readers. ;-)

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