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Spotify revamps home screen, tests ticket pre-sales, adds live colabs

Spotify continues to revamp and innovate at warp speed, The latest updates involve its home screen, a new concert ticket pre-sale program and live collaboration within its Soundtrap recording studio app.

New Home Feeds

Spotify’s new home screen separates Music and Podcasts into two separate algorithmically driven feeds.

The Music feed offers quick access to suggested music, including album and playlist recommendations, along with buttons to share, like, and play music. The Podcast feed highlights new episodes of favourite shows and personalized recommendations.

It’s all currently rolling out on Android and will soon be available on iOS.

Spotify Ticket Pre-Sales

Potentially much more consequential is Spotify’s move into concert ticket presales and the quiet launch of tickets.spotify.com/.

It’s a strangely timed move for Spotify.

Just weeks ago, the streamer announced direct ticketing deals with Ticketmaster, AXS, DICE, Eventbrite, and See Tickets alongside a new Live Events Feed. Now instead of promoting its new partners, it is trying to compete with them.

Spotify’s initial ticket pre-sale offering is heavy on emerging artists like Bandsintown Big Break artist Annie DeRusso, but some artists approached by Spotify to participate tell Hypebot that the streamer is planning a much broader offering.

Live Collaboration via Soundtrap

Spotify’s third innovation this week comes from its Soundtrap recording app.

The online digital audio workstation (DAW) now offers a live collaboration feature that lets multiple people make and see changes to a track n real-time.

Bruce Houghton is the Founder and Editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank and serves as a Senior Advisor to Bandsintown which acquired both publications in 2019. He is the Founder and President of the Skyline Artists Agency and a professor for the Berklee College Of Music.