Smarter Playlists Alpha V2 is here!

Today, I’m releasing the second alpha release of Smarter Playlists – the web app that helps you automate the creation of sophisticated playlists.


This big feature of this release is that you can now schedule your smarter playlist programs to run periodically.  This lets you do all sorts of nifty things from automatically archiving your Discover Weekly recommendations to giving you a fresh mix of your favorites tracks with a few tracks from Fresh Finds sprinkled in.

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If you are a professional curator managing dozens or hundreds of playlists, you can use the scheduling feature to keep your playlists fresh automatically.

The Scheduler lets you run your programs periodically. You can control how often your program runs, how many times it will run, and the exact date and time it will run.

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This release also gives you better ways to manage your set of programs.

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There are also a bunch of new components – such as personalized sources (my saved tracks, my saved albums, my followed artists, etc.),  a nifty artist separation component that reorders tracks to maximize the distance between tracks by the same artist and a whole bunch more.

Note that the previous release is still online. Unfortunately there’s no automated way to move your programs from Alpha V1 to Alpha V2.

This release has been nearly ready to go since August, but life intervened, and my time for spare time projects evaporated. Over the holiday break, I finally had some time to devote to getting this out the door.  Give it a go and send me feedback.

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  1. #1 by Ryan MacMichael (@supalaze) on January 4, 2016 - 1:05 pm

    Excellent! (And thanks.)

    I’m having a slight bit of a problem getting the “explicit” filter to work… I see it under the “range filter” options, but can’t quite figure out what settings are needed in order to spit out only tracks not marked “explicit.” What am I missing?

  2. #2 by Paul on January 4, 2016 - 4:40 pm

    ryan – oh, we are missing a ‘match’ component that will let you do that. I’ll add that tomorrow.

  3. #6 by Nathan on January 5, 2016 - 1:23 pm

    Thank you very much, it’s a long time for waiting and It’s really cool!!! But it seems hard to save into Spotify. After I checked the “Save playlist to Spotify”, nothing happened. Please check it.

  4. #7 by nathanzhong on January 5, 2016 - 1:41 pm

    I found “save to spotify”, add a new playlist within spotify 1st, then add it into builder.

  5. #8 by Ryan MacMichael (@supalaze) on January 7, 2016 - 12:34 pm

    Here’s another question — I’m bumping into Spotify’s 200-song limit a bit and was wondering if there are any clever ways around it. For instance, I’d like to be able to take a large, multi-thousand song playlist and shuffle it before doing other things, but it seems like I can only pull the first 200 tracks from that playlist and then shuffle those. Am I missing anything?

    • #9 by Paul on January 7, 2016 - 12:38 pm

      hi ryan – the 200 song limit is actually a limit built into smarter playlists right now. I was worried that people could use smarter playlists as a denial-of-service vector (by scheduling repeated updates of huge playlists). I will likely relax this limit in the next few days.


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