truShuffle: An As-You-Listen Spotify Playlist Maker

Spotify’s Related Artists tab may act as a basic music recommendation service, but it’s left to the 3rd-party webapps to provide a more personal experience. Sites like Spotibot, Spotiseek and even ShareMyPlaylists all offer a way to generate a playlist for you, either based on an artist name or by checking what you’ve been listening to via Last.fm. A cool new service – truShuffle – has just launched that raises the recommendation game. truShuffle is different as it auto-fills a live playlist of recommended music while you listen.

Mashing up Spotify with Last.fm and AllMusic, truShuffle has several unique features you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll need a Last.fm account to use it, as well as a truShuffle login to get started.

Once you’ve registered, make sure you’ve enabled scrobbling from Spotify (Edit > Preferences) then login to truShuffle. You’ll see a custom page that keeps track of the music you listen to and songs added to your personal playlist. Click the Spotify logo to open the playlist in Spotify, then click Subscribe to keep track of it. When you first do this you’ll see that there’s nothing in the playlist.

Now for the clever part. Listen to some music in Spotify. As you play the tunes, truShuffle automatically starts adding suggested tracks to your personal playlist. The truShuffle webpage updates to show you what’s being added, including an indication of why it was added. The Now Playing section also provides lots of interesting info on the current song, including biography, genre, mood, and links to other similar bands.

If you want to fine-tune what gets added to the playlist, use the Settings sliders to adjust a similarity percentage for either artist and track.

truShuffle creator Hugo Lindström tells me that the service is still in beta, but it seems to work perfectly already and has a rare attention to detail. There’s an informative set of help pages and the overall design and graphical polish is to be commended. I asked Hugo what future plans he has for truShuffle:

For the future I plan to integrate moods so that you can set it to Experimental Dub or Energetic, for example. This way you can do things like have truShuffle DJ at parties. This frees you up from spending time behind the PC and lets you enjoy the actual party instead!

You do need to keep truShuffle open in a browser tab for it to work its magic, but Hugo has plans for an automated service to get around this too (and Mac users, see the comments below for a great tip from @danielstoker). All-in-all, truShuffle is a slick and innovative service that’s perfect for any Spotify user looking for something new to listen to. 

  • Nice idea and seems to work very well.

    For Mac users, a tip: use get the “Fluidapp” browser to create a stand alone application of the Trushuffle website. Under Preferences, choose “only hides” when “closing the last browser window”. That way, Trushuffle stays hidden and working while you carry on listening on Spotify.

    I can see this as being a handy way to generate a longer playlist of new music (i.e. for long journeys etc) based on songs I already listen too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Alain Nagel

    Trying it out here and it works really well, this certainly saves up a lot of time since I had to do this manually through Last.fm-recommendations. You’ll probably have to do some cleaning up after a while since Spotify has a 10000 tracks-limit on playlists.

  • Hugo Lindström

    In repsonse to danielstoker and alain:
    The original idea of truShuffle was to create a playlist that would reflect on my personal music taste. It was not intended to create playlists with 10000 tracks in them creating yet another bad maintained “music library” (surely, I for one, will not listen to all these tracks), but to have the user to clean up and delete songs she dont like.  That way she can discover NEW tracks based on the NEW tracks she liked.  But, what way the service is used, is totally up to the user. :)As of the issue being logged in to the site:
    This was a problem I saw coming just as I started develop it, and personally I do not wish to be logged in at some site all the time. Plus, the data is now going from Spotify to last.fm to truShuffle (using last.fm, spotify and allmusic) and then back to Spotify again. This is not the preferred way of doing things. Therefore, I have started development on a desktop client, thats is hooked up to Spotify, which means that the user doesnt even have to have a last.fm account,  and tracks are being added instantly, ruling out the latency problems users are now discovering.I hope that you all have patience with this, as the service still is in BETA, but the development is rapidly going forward!Again, thanks for all comments and feedback Iv gotten the past 2 days!Best regards, Hugo Lindström

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  • I just found this and I have to say…it gets a huge +1 from me.  I have not been that impressed with Spotify in general until now — this was the missing key.  I would pay a subscription to use truShuffle in a heartbeat if there was a premium version.

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