On Wednesday, Spotify announced that it’ll be holding five ticketed concert performances in collaboration with Driift throughout the next month.
These performances are part of what Spotify is calling a ‘Virtual Concert Experience’. They’ll be integrating concerts into the overall listening experience on the app by making performances easier to help fans find and track artists and performances they care about.
The performance alerts will be personalised to the users, and hence, users will get concert alerts according to what the platform thinks will interest them the most. Regardless, you can buy tickets for any of the five upcoming concerts, starting at $15 plus taxes or your local currency equivalent here.
Users who don’t have a Spotify account can also hop in by creating one for free.
Here’s a list of all the five upcoming concerts. Note that these will be prerecorded live streams.
|The Black Keys||May 27||The band will be performing from the Blue Front Cafe in Mississippi.|
|Rag’n’Bone Man||June 3||WIll be performing from the Roundhouse in London. Fans will be able to join the artist as well.|
|Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff||June 10||Fans will be able to enjoy a journey from Brooklyn, NY, to Asbury Park, NJ—all while on a city bus.|
|Leon Bridges||June 17||The performance will come from the Gold-Diggers Hotel, where the artist spent time writing, recording, and being inspired for his upcoming July album, Gold-Diggers Sound.|
|girl in red||June 24||The performance will be based in Oslo and will feature unique lights and video filters.|
Spotify brings new features to its apps to make accessibility easier
Three new accessibility features are coming to the app over the next few weeks, Spotify announced on Tuesday.
Change in button colours
Starting today, you’ll start noticing a change in colour to some of the most commonly pressed buttons on the Spotify app. The update aims to make it easier for low-visibility or visually impaired users to engage with these actions on the app.
The new colour scheme on the buttons will also help users in low-lighting or high screen reflection situations. Additionally, there’s a change in text formatting from all caps to create more space for translations in localisation in over 60 languages.
The text and other buttons and tiles across the app can now be enlarged in addition to the existing system settings — improving the overall navigation experience and giving users more control over the way the app looks.
Automatically generated podcast transcripts
Finally, Spotify is also bringing automatically generated podcast transcripts. This is currently a limited-beta feature available for select Spotify Original and Exclusive podcasts across iOS and Android.
The feature will automatically generate text transcripts for said podcasts, allowing uses to read along either with or without audio. Users will also be able to scroll or navigate through multiple episodes quickly. You can also tap on a paragraph to get to that point in the audio.