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Capture your January mood with Spotify’s musical time capsule 

by Leila Salaverria

HOW are you feeling in the first month of the year? What songs are playing in your life’s soundtrack right now? 

Whatever they are, you can put it in a musical time capsule now available on Spotify.

Spotify has unveiled a new feature that allows users to capture their mood by making a “Playlist in a Bottle.”

Spotify users in the Philippines and in 26 other countries can use this feature.

The list will contain the songs that the user is listening to at the moment, and it will be sealed in a virtual time capsule that will be opened in January 2024.

“Playlist in a Bottle is our latest interactive, in-app experience that captures who you are musically right now and then lets you revisit your 2023 musical self one year later,” Spotify said.

How to make your own Playlist in a Bottle

To create your mini music time capsule, make sure your Spotify app is updated.

Then click spotify.com/playlistinabottle from your mobile device.

For the next step, you will be asked to choose the look of your time capsule. The options are a bottle, a tiny jean pocket, a gumball machine, a lunch box or a teddy bear.

Then, you will then have to answer some prompts to determine what song will be in your playlist.

Here are some of the prompts:

  • A song you’re convinced was written about you
  • A song that’s going to be this summer’s anthem
  • A song you’re going to kiss someone to this year
  • A song that reminds you of your favorite person
  • A song that won’t make any sense a year from now
  • A song you need to hear live in 2023
  • A song that sounds like the year 3023

After choosing your songs, seal the musical time capsule. You could also send a personalized card about this on social media.

By January next year, you will receive your personalized time capsule to remind you what you were listening to in January 2023.

However, this feature will only be available until January 31, so make sure you capture your musical mood before the month ends. 

Music data

The Playlist in a Bottle is just one feature of Spotify that records users’ interests.

Every year, the music streaming platform releases Spotify Wrapped, a report about the user’s listening preferences for the year.

It lists the user’s top songs and most listened to artists, podcasts, and musical genres. 

In 2022, it included the users’ “listening personality,” based on one of 16 different types.

It also had Audio Day, which showed users how their music tastes changed throughout the day. 

Another streaming platform, Apple Music, also has a similar service called Replay.

Banner photo credit: Spotify



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