Spotify is developing tools that will let users remix songs, show screenshots


According to a screenshot captured by tech veteran and app researcher Chris Messina, Spotify is working on a mixing tool that will allow users to remix songs on the streaming service. While music lovers use software like Adobe Audition or Ableton Live to create mixes of their favorite songs, the new capabilities will allow people to do the same directly in Spotify. The screenshot shows that the mixing tools will be available under a new “Music Pro” premium subscription tier. The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, whose sources say discussions about the tool are preliminary and licensing agreements have not yet been worked out.

A spokesperson for Spotify told TechCrunch that the company is constantly exploring ideas to improve its product offering and provide value to its users, but that it would not comment on speculation about new features.

In screenshots shared with TechCrunch, the app's code references various mixing tools that enable users to “flex their DJ skills with different transition styles to create the ultimate mix.”

The tools will also let users “set the tempo range for your mix” and “set the vibe for your mix” by filtering by “genres, moods, activities, and more.” The code shows that users can create a You'll be able to create remixes of songs to fit certain scenarios. Theoretically, you could create an upbeat, faster version of a slow song to create a remix to listen to while working out.

Image Credit: Chris Messina

Image Credit: Chris Messina

Code suggests that users can take advantage of a mixing tool that “instantly blends into the next track to keep the energy going.” Another tool “maximizes overlap for layered and immersive mixing of tracks,” while a separate tool “instantly switches from one track to another for high impact.”

Additionally, users can “insert” and “edit” transitions between tracks. Users can also decrease or increase BMP (beats per minute) and “danceability”.

Image Credit: Chris Messina

It appears that the mixing tools won't be targeted just at users who already have experience mixing songs. The code references a tool that “automatically reorders your mix by sequencing tracks with the same key, tempo, and genre,” while another lets users “choose how to order your mix, Or lets you select Auto Order to get the Spotify sequence for you.” ” These lines of code suggest that Spotify will help users create their perfect mix with the help of automated tools, even if they are doing so for the first time.

Image Credit: Chris Messina

Image Credit: Chris Messina

While traditional user-created remixes that are uploaded to streaming platforms or social media do not generate revenue for artists, Spotify's mixing capabilities will potentially allow musicians to earn money from remixes that are attached to their original tracks. Since fanmade remixes are often altered to the extent that they are not flagged for copyright infringement, Spotify is filled with unofficial remixes with millions of streams. Although Spotify's mixing tools can't completely get rid of this problem, they can help fix it to some extent.

It's not surprising that Spotify is developing mixing tools, especially when speeded-up songs and mashups are having a moment thanks to TikTok. According to TikTok's 2023 year end reportmost popular The songs on the app were quick remixes of songs.

The trend of speeded-up songs has become so popular that artists are trying to cash in on it. For example, after the motion created by the fan After a remix of SZA's song “Kill Bill” was being used on TikTok, she released an official speeded-up version of the song. Other artists such as Lana Del Rey and The Cab have also released official speeded-up versions of their songs so that people can listen to their official tracks instead of the fanmade versions.

Like any other feature in development, it's unknown whether Spotify plans to launch a mixing tool.