The Downside of Using Spotify as a Dating Site

A pair of apps hit Spotify on Thursday, both with a new and ambitious mission: to find you a lover.

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A pair of apps hit Spotify on Thursday, both with a new and ambitious mission: to find you a lover.

Fellody is dead simple. After you install the app and link it to your Facebook account, Fellody asks you to drag in some playlists that you've made, and when you click through, you're presented with a long list of people whose playlists match yours. If you find somebody you like, you can click the "Flirt" button (which we assume amounts to a Facebook Poke) or send them a message. Very simple concept, right?

Tastebuds adds a couple layers of welcome complications. You also link it to your Facebook account, but instead of giving it input, Tastebuds scans your entire Spotify library and compares it to other Spotify users. The app then returns a list of people with similar songs libraries. This time around the profiles have a bit more information like a brief "About" blurb, recent artists played, photos and basic details about their appearance. You can even play songs from their library that Tastebuds thinks you might like. The interactions are more complex, too. You can add them to your favorites, send them a message or hang out and listen to their music. Next step, head to the chapel and don't forget the rings.

A couple of problems with the basic idea of music-driven dating immediately present themselves. Isn't finding a person based on his or her music taste a little bit like starting out a blind date with the question, "What kind of music do you like?" Sure, some of the artists mentioned might match artists you have in your own music library, but that doesn't really have any bearing on whether or not the two of you would get along. Furthermore, what does music really tell you about a person? We're not even sure why we like the weird music that's clogging up our own Spotify feed so how would our profile begin to present a decent peek into our psyche.

The second thing -- and this gripe is more general than specific to the new dating apps -- is that Spotify is starting to look like a very cluttered, cumbersome Facebook. We thought it was cool when you could make playlists and publish them for all to see. It's charming that you can send tracks to your friends with a personalized message. Once you have to start juggling multiple different profiles, upload picture galleries and write "About Me" sections, however, we start to feel the social media fatigue set in.

None of this is to say that you shouldn't try out Tastebuds and Fellody. Heck, you might even meet the love of your life on there! But if you're really trying to find somebody to go on a date with this weekend, OK Cupid is probably much more efficient.

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