Spotify will shut down 'Heardle' on May 5th2023-04-14 19:10 by Daniela
Tags: Spotify, Heardle
Spotify is closing down Heardle, the Wordle-inspired music guessing game it acquired last July for an undisclosed sum. Similar to Wordle, Heardle offers players six tries to guess a popular song - but instead of typing in different letters to form words, players listen to a song's intro to guess the artist and title. At the time of its acquisition, Spotify said Heardle would remain free to play for everyone. Now the company says it will sunset Heardle on May 5, as it aims to focus on its other objectives around music discovery.
"Thanks for playing Heardle, but unfortunately we have to say goodbye. From May 5th, Heardle will no longer be available," the announcement popup reads, disappointing fans even more than the repeat Imagine Dragons songs it played. "If you have stats that you would like to save, make sure you go to your stats and take a screenshot by May 4th. It won't be possible to access them after May 4th."
Spotify reportedly didn't have a team dedicated to working on Heardle, so there won't be any layoffs as a result of the game's closure.
Recently, the platform rolled out a substantial redesign implementing a TikTok-style discovery feed offering an infinite carousel of "music, podcast [clips], and playlists suggestions" some of which come with video clips. Spotify also implemented its new DJ feature with the help of OpenAI tech back in late February. It pulls together "tracks based on the music you normally like" to create a personalized playlist complete with a cheesy DJ voice.
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