Spotify’s Storylines are like Instagram Stories for musicians

Spotify is testing a new feature called Storyline that gives information behind the scenes of artists about their songs. The information is presented as an Instagram story, with a card carousel with a combination of text and images that you can touch. Android Police notes that the feature is only available in a select number of songs at this time, including Sucker by the Jonas Brothers, and a handful of Billie Eilish songs.

Storyline offers functionality similar to Spotify's existing Behind the Lyrics cards, and even appears directly below them on compatible songs. However, while Behind the Lyrics is provided through a partnership with the third-party Genius company, Storylines comes directly from the artists themselves. TechCrunch notes that this could mean that there is less opportunity for incorrect information to arrive at the service, and speculates that providing content directly from artists could be cheaper than paying a third-party company.

spotifys storylines are like instagram stories for musicians

The Storyline carousel appears below Spotify's existing Behind the Lyrics feature and displays a combination of text and images.
Screenshot by Thomas Ricker / The Verge

The new feature is currently being tested on iOS and Android, and users have been able to access it including the United States and the Netherlands. However, it is not yet available to all Spotify users, nor is it available to all artists: Spotify has worked directly with the artists to generate the current Storylines crop.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the company said, "We are always trying new ways to create better experiences for more users," but we did not confirm when the function would be launched more widely.

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