Services like Google Maps have made navigating the globe as easy as a click and a scroll, and Spotify wants to do the same for the world's musical tastes. The streaming service has launched a musical map of the world, with around a thousand playlists hosting popular tracks from different cities. You can see what the locals are enjoying in Salamanca, Mexico, or find out what's bringing down the house in Athens, Greece. Spotify promises that the music is "distinctive" to each location, and has filtered out global hits to deliver only the music "that people in each city listen to quite a bit [but] people in other cities also do not listen to very much."
Unlike apple's "worldwide" Beats 1 radio station, Spotify's map is genuinely diverse
It's a neat project that highlights Spotify's global reach and compares well to Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station. Although Apple's service touts itself as "worldwide," the music it plays is generally limited to chart-topping anglophone hits from the US and the UK. By comparison, Spotify's musical atlas delivers tracks you're far more unlikely to have heard of. The streaming service also promises that it will update playlists bimonthly, meaning there should be good reasons to check back in the future.