Those Treasures Will Never Befall You: Building a Music Collection with Spotify

Ever wonder how other people build their music collection in Spotify? I certainly do, and I tend to experiment with it a lot.

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In my constant quest to tinker and mess around with my Spotify music collection (the Your Music feature, which allows you to save albums to a virtual collection), I’m always keen to try out various different ways to build it up from scratch in an attempt to fill my digital “shelves” with great music. After having a look at the Discover feature in the Browse tab recently, I noticed that the recommendations are starting to look really appealing, and there’s now a handy feature at the top, which matches up exactly on both the desktop and mobile versions, called “Top Recommendations for You.”

What’s really interesting to me about these recommendations is that they’re not just albums that I haven’t listened to; rather, they’re made up of some albums I’ve never heard, some I’ve listened to a lot, and some I’ve not listened to in ages. I’m not sure as yet how often these recommendations update, or indeed what factors lead to certain albums being recommended over others, but I did notice that they changed (albeit with a couple of repeat recommendations) between Sunday 22 March and Monday 23 March. It seemed to me like a good opportunity to use these to start building an eclectic collection – one that I’d be proud of showing off on my shelves in the dark ages of the late 1990s, but also one that’s got new and exciting additions happening daily, or weekly, or whenever they refresh, as well as a system that essentially helps to remove what one might call the “burden of choice” from the process.

Here’s what I’ve ended up with so far after the first couple of days.

Sunday 22 March

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  1. Bolt Thrower – Those Once Loyal
  2. Cormorant – Metazoa
  3. Dawnbringer – Night of the Hammer
  4. Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse (20th Anniversary Edition)
  5. Ghost Brigade – IV: One with the Storm
  6. Hellhammer – Demon Entrails
  7. House of Capricorn – Morning Star Rise
  8. Howl – Bloodlines
  9. Lodz – Something in Us Died
  10. Mastery – Lethal Legacy
  11. Monte Pittman – The Power of Three
  12. Noctum – Final Sacrifice
  13. Novembers Doom – Bled White
  14. The Ocean – Pelagial
  15. Philm – Fire from the Evening Sun
  16. Revocation – Deathless
  17. Rigor Mortis – Slaves to the Grave
  18. Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died
  19. Vulture Industries – The Tower
  20. Witherscape – The New Tomorrow

Monday 23 March 2015

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  1. Ancient VVisdom – Sacrificial
  2. Conquering Dystopia – Conquering Dystopia
  3. Dark Fortress – Venereal Dawn
  4. Death Wolf – III: Östergötland
  5. Dejadeath – ¡¡¡Viva Dios!!!
  6. Divine Chaos – A New Dawn in the Age of War
  7. Hellhammer – Demon Entrails [repeat from Sunday 22 March 2015]
  8. Hoth – Oathbreaker
  9. In Solitude – The World; The Flesh; The Devil
  10. Korokodil – Nachash
  11. Lazarus A.D. – The Onslaught
  12. Mastery – Lethal Legacy [repeat from Sunday 22 March 2015]
  13. Portrait – Crossroads
  14. Prong – Ruining Lives
  15. Shrapnel – The Virus Conspires
  16. Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed
  17. Sludge – Lava
  18. Solstice – Pray for the Sentencing
  19. Tempel – On the Steps of the Temple
  20. Vallenfyre – Splinters

I’d be really interested to hear what other people’s “strategies” are when it comes to building a music collection on Spotify using the Your Music feature. And what do you think of this one? Already at a cursory glance, alarm bells are ringing that there’s some preferential treatment being provided for certain record labels, particularly Century Media and Metal Blade. Or is that just because they’re bigger metal labels, and hence the probability of Spotify recommending me something from their catalogues is higher?

Either way, I’ve got 38 albums (40 minus the two repeats above) currently lighting up those digital shelves, and I’ll keep this up for at least a few more refresh cycles of the Top Recommendations for You section to see how it comes along. So far, it’s at least made for some excellent and varied shuffling.

Author: Andrew R Craddock

Metal and Spotify enthusiast, freelance copy-editor, writer, jolly nihilist.

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