To create the ideal playlist for you and a friend, Spotify has recently introduced a new option called Blend. You probably saw a prompt to enable the feature the last time you opened the program, but it may be buried in a menu somewhere. Learn all about Blend playlists and how to make them on Spotify right here.
What Exactly Are Blend Playlists?
In Spotify’s newest update, called “Blend,” two users can combine their most up-to-date music preferences to make a dynamic, ever-evolving shared playlist. Your Blend playlist will sync across both accounts and Spotify’s customization algorithm will rotate the music selection daily based on your listening habits.
While it’s entertaining to work together to compile a playlist song by song, it’s much more convenient to have one that cycles through songs automatically.
Each time you and a buddy make a Blend playlist, you’ll get a taste match score that indicates how well your musical interests align, as well as several stylish infographics that you can share on social media, much like Spotify’s year-in-review Wrapped playlist.
Create a Spotify Blend playlist in this easy-to-follow guide
- These Spotify custom playlist options tend to shift around from time to time, making them less obvious to stumble upon. Making a Blend playlist, however, is easy if you learn the basic procedures.
- You’ll need to dig a little further inside the Spotify app, but the Blend playlist function is well worth the effort.
- Start up the Spotify app on your mobile device (unfortunately, this function is not yet available on a desktop) and select the “Search” tab at the app’s bottom.
- Look for the button labeled “Made for you” and click it. Its location may change from time to time based on what Spotify is advertising, but it’s usually near the top of the “Browse all” heading.
- Select an empty playlist by tapping the “Blend” album art. Currently, you’ll find this option right up top under “Made for You,” but in the future, it may be buried.
- After creating a playlist, Spotify may suggest inviting a friend to it. The Spotify app does not have a built-in messaging system, so after you tap “Invite,” you’ll be prompted to share the invite via another medium like text message, Facebook Messenger, email, etc.
- If your buddy is interested in joining your Blend playlist, they should click the link in your message, which will launch the Spotify app and prompt them to join. Once they click the join button, a 50-song playlist based on the most recently streamed songs by both users will be generated automatically.
- Blend playlists, once created with a friend, will appear in your library alongside any other playlists you have created. Following the aforementioned procedures will also lead you to the “Made for you” section of Blend, where you can access all of your custom playlists
- With the help of my significant other and a few buddies, I put up a few Blend playlists that turned out extremely well
While I expected to be familiar with nearly every song on this playlist because my partner and I have been living together for the past seven years and frequently play music on each other’s devices when we’re in our apartment or the car, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a few songs that I had never heard her play before.
My old college roommate Casey and I built a Blend playlist together; we used to enjoy the same bands and musicians when we shared a dorm room, but our musical tastes have since diverged. It’s awesome to hear Drake and Jay-Z, whose albums we used to blast in the dorm, on the radio alongside the gentler country and folk tracks that we now listen to separately.
Next, I collaborated on a playlist with Sokvonny, a former coworker and good buddy. We have always hit it off over Frank Ocean and office grind lo-fi electronic mixes, and we were just texting about Kanye West’s Donda release yesterday. Our Blend playlist introduced me to a new side of her musical tastes, including energetic electronic tracks with catchy melodies by bands I had never heard of before. As a result, she found out that I’ve been lounging around listening to a mix of outlaw country and sad Phoebe Bridgers songs recently.
While Spotify doesn’t reveal the specific process for creating the Blend playlists, it’s not as simple as just combining the most played songs from each user’s profile. On the first try, there wasn’t a single song from my side of the aisle that appeared on all three playlists, and it seems like there’s an effort to combine two users’ interests rather than simply rotating song picks from two lists.
To make this function more accessible, Spotify should move it out of the settings menu. You’ll have to hand out invitations to Blend yourself till then.