Spotify Adds New Feature That Answers Your Questions Like a Musical Magic 8 Ball

Trying out Spotify's Song Psychic feature.
Trying out Spotify’s Song Psychic feature.

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It’s a fun (and sometimes hurtful) way, of discovering new music.

Spotify has recently launched a captivating new feature, Song Psychic, designed to merge the mystical with music. This provides users with song-based answers to life’s various questions, much like consulting a digital Magic 8 Ball.

What Is Song Psychic

Spotify's Song Psychic banner (From: Spotify)
Spotify’s Song Psychic banner (From: Spotify)

Song Psychic is Spotify’s new feature that blends music with a hint of mysticism to answer a user’s questions. When a user asks a question, this feature will select a random song that will aim to answer it.

In their press release, Spotify describes this feature as a ‘journey of enlightenment’, saying:

“Life’s full of little mysteries, and sometimes the most fun way to tackle them is with a bit of cosmic guidance. Spotify is ready to take you on a journey of enlightenment with Song Psychic, a new, mystical music experience.”

This aims to deepen user interaction with Spotify’s extensive music catalog by providing a unique, interactive experience. It’s also the platform’s new way for users to discover music.

The company clarifies that while Song Psychic might feel like consulting an all-knowing entity, it operates by matching keywords in songs to questions. They claim that the answers are “generated entirely at random”, so it isn’t influenced by user data.

As Spotify puts it, Song Psychic is “in no way actually magical” and is designed purely for entertainment.

How to Use Spotify’s Song Psychic

Step-by-step guide on using Spotify's Song Psychic feature.
Step-by-step guide on using Spotify’s Song Psychic feature.

Spotify’s Song Psychic feature is currently only available on mobile devices. Here’s how to access it:

  1. Open on your mobile device. Or, search for “Song Psychic” on your Spotify mobile app.
  2. Once on the Song Psychic page, click “Get started.”
  3. Select a category from the nine options: School, Style, Lunch, Love, Career, Myself, My Future, Friends & Family, or Life’s Greatest Mysteries.
  4. After choosing a category, it’s time to ask your question. You can either type out a specific question or select from a variety of pre-populated options by tapping “Ask for me”. If you wish to explore different questions, simply tap “Ask another” or proceed by tapping “Submit”.
  5. Submitting your question triggers a contemplation screen. This indicates that Song Psychic is in the process of finding the perfect song to address your query. Tap your screen to proceed.
  6. After a while, the selected song should appear as your answer. Then, you can listen to it on Spotify, ask more questions, or share your results on social media.

User Reactions and Experiences

Spotify’s Song Psychic has sparked significant social media buzz, with users eagerly sharing their interactions and amusing outcomes.

TikTok couple's hilarious result in Spotify's Song Psychic. (From: TikTok/Connor.rice)
TikTok couple’s hilarious result in Spotify’s Song Psychic. (From: TikTok/Connor.rice)

For example, a couple on TikTok got Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” when they asked if the boyfriend should propose. This video has garnered more than 20K views since it was published just two days ago.

One user used Song Psychic to choose a law school and shared his results on Reddit.

A Reddit user's experience in using Song Psychic in his law school decisions. (From: Reddit)
A Reddit user’s experience in using Song Psychic in his law school decisions. (From: Reddit)

Another user also shared his results on Reddit. This time, he asked if he would ever get married. However, Spotify’s answer was Beyonce’s “Sorry”.

Spotify's Song Psychic isn't afraid to give any answer. (From: Reddit)
Spotify’s Song Psychic isn’t afraid to give any answer. (From: Reddit)

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