Spotify only recently launched in Canada, but it’s already coming to the rescue of Canadians unsure of where to turn in the seemingly-endless supply of national sounds.
The company this week launched a new web app designed to recommend Canadian artists based on one’s much-loved bands. In my case, I entered Chicago-based Andrew Bird, and the app spit out Feist, Great Lake Swimmers, Broken Social Scene and Rufus Wainwright as potential picks.
The app uses data gathered from The Echo Nest from millions of streaming music customers throughout the years. The Echo Nest used to be the go-to recommendation database for the entire streaming music industry, but Spotify purchased the startup earlier this year, causing a mass exodus by competitors like Rdio in the process.
Spotify’s Canadian launch is long in the making, and the service offers both free and paid tiers across myriad screen sizes and platforms.