Newswire: New Spotify feature provides tangible evidence of how hip you are

Here’s a riddle for you: If you liked a band before they were cool, but you were in a Spotify private session at the time, can you still be smug about it? A new microsite feature on the streaming service says you can. The appropriately self-satisfied “Found Them First” page encourages users to link their Spotify accounts to some sort of data bot, which will then search/strip mine those user’s accounts to determine which (or any—my experiment simply produced a screen saying “You haven’t discovered any artists yet!”) artists you were listening to before the hoi polloi of the streaming service caught on.

Besides a fun way to trick users into quickly clicking through a screen allowing Spotify (even more) access to their account data, the “Found Them First” feature also serves as a handy way to let people know that you’re still with …

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