Best of 2022 lists and year-end recaps are just around the corner, including Spotify Wrapped, the streaming platform’s engaging interactive feature that’s become an annual tradition that transcends social media for a few solid days. Its main competitor, Apple Music, made a few charts for listeners as well, and this time has come with a few changes.
Apple Music Replay is available to users starting today, accessible through the platform’s website.
This isn’t the first time Apple Music has tried to compete with Spotify’s Roundup — it launched Replay as a custom playlist in 2019 — but, so far, there haven’t been any major updates.
Fans ranked in the Top 100 for an artist
This year’s redesigned Replay includes more data-heavy, shareable features, such as a personalized highlight reel of top artists, songs, albums, genres, and total minutes listened to. Fans ranked in the Top 100 for an artist or genre will be able to see their position and users can track how their listening habits change through December 31.
So far, Apple has essentially let Spotify dominate its year-end reviews for music streaming. In the past, Spotify Wrapped included playlists mixed between friends, interactive games, and “aura” visualizations of their musical tastes.
Charts showing the top artists and genres are almost inevitable at the end of the year online, and Spotify is already teasing this year’s wrap as users eagerly wait to see what the platform has in store for them in 2022. have collected.
Apple Music Replay launched YouTube Music’s 2022 Recap feature on the same day, which is now available to listeners on the platform.
The year-by-year review feature has become a competitive way for companies to repackage user data into more shareable content that benefits both parties at least a little. The streaming platform gets a few days of free publicity, and listeners get to pretend that people care about what music they like.