By: Nick Gambino
Spotify seems determined to flex their muscles at every turn with new features added just because they can. This week sees the addition of a pet playlist for your little friend to enjoy.
The Spotify pet playlist is what happens when programmers have too much time on their hands, but that doesn’t mean I’m not here for it. I’m not sure my dog Max cares about what’s playing, but it certainly gives me an excuse to have yet another playlist to listen to.
To get started you’ll have to go to pets.byspotify.com as there’s no option to generate the playlist on the mobile app. Once you’re on the site it’s all pretty easy. Hit “Let’s Go” and make sure you’re logged into your account.
At this point, you’ll have to plug in some info on your pet because you’re the only one who has opposable thumbs. On the first screen you’ll be able to pick from a few pet options – dog, cat, iguana, bird and hamster. If you’re wondering why there aren’t options for horse or rabbit, they answered that in the FAQs.
“Unfortunately, it just isn’t possible to accommodate every animal out there,” the FAQ reads. “That said, try one of the current playlist options. You may find your rabbit really likes hamster music.” In response to why goldfish, tarantulas and snakes aren’t included, the answer simply reads “Because they don’t have ears.”
Next is a series of screens asking you about the personality/behavior of your pet including whether they’re relaxed/energetic, shy/friendly and apathetic/curious. Once you answer them accurately (or inaccurately because nobody’s checking) all you have to do is plug in their name and, if you want, a photo.
The playlist that’s generated for your furry (or scaly) friend is essentially an amalgam of the things you listen to on a regular basis with an option to edit. I lean toward classic rap and soul music, so my playlist reflects that. I got some Notorious B.I.G., John Lee Hooker, Bill Withers and even some New Edition. Apparently, Max has got great taste.
So far, I’m impressed with the variety, even discovering songs I’ve never heard but are right up my alley. I hope Max likes it because I’m going to spend some time with his playlist.