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I am a big fan of Spotify. But the service’s radio station option, which automatically picks songs for you based on your first song choice, a la Pandora, has not impressed me. To me, Pandora remains the superior product.
That could change with Spotify’s acquisition of The Echo Nest of Somerville, which provides the key technology behind Spotify’s recommendations and radio station playlists. But as Echo Nest chief executive Jim Lucchese said last week, there are limits to the personalization the company’s system was able to deliver to Spotify users.
“There are a bunch of things you can’t do at arm’s length, that when you’re fully integrated, you can,” Lucchese said.
What exactly Spotify and Echo Nest have in mind is not being detailed for now. The general premise is that “we’re trying to understand who you are as a music fan,” Lucchese said. “Spotify sits on an incredible amount of interaction data, which we’ll have much better visibility into.”
That could position Spotify to further chip away at Pandora. Pandora remains popular — with 76 million active users — but faces pressure from other sources, such as iTunes Radio. Spotify reports having 24 million active users, with 6 million of those as paying subscribers.
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