What on Earth is Climatune?

The result of a marriage between Spotify and AccuWeather - bringing everyone weather-inspired music...
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What on Earth is Climatune?

New Spotify-AccuWeather music-weather app…

In a bizarre coming together, Spotify has teamed up with weather-monitoring and forecasting app, AccuWeather, to bring you playlists based on your local weather.

The product of the new relationship is called Climatune. Its arrival follows over a year’s worth of musical research, using over 85 billion Spotify streams, explains a blog post by the music-streaming giant.

“There is a clear connection between what’s in the skies and what’s on users’ play queues,” said Spotify data researcher, Ian Anderson. “For almost all of the major cities around the world that we studied, sunny days translate to higher streams of happier-sounding music…”

What does the app do?

The app itself can be accessed through your web browser – although when using Chrome on Android, a pop-up handily asked us if we wanted to add it to the homescreen straight away.

By reading your location, the service instantly brings you playlists to suit what’s going on outside. And if your location isn’t unfortunately covered by AccuWeather, you’ll see data from the closest neighbouring city that is.

Research has showed that some cities in American cities don’t react like the rest of us do to certain types of weather, continues Spotify’s blog post:

  • “New York City and Philadelphia music lovers are the most affected by bad weather; residents of these cities substantially change their listening when it rains.
  • “Unlike most city residents, Chicagoans actually get excited by the rain and stream happier music
  • “Miami and Seattle listeners don’t mind the clouds – they buck the trend and listen to more energetic music on cloudy days
  • “San Franciscans, on the other hand, seem saddest on cloudy days
  • “Houston responds the most strongly to rain – they ditch the synthesizers and drum machines and their acoustic listening increases by 121 percent when it rains”

On a visual note, the graphics that feature on the app are fairly low quality - think Nintendo 64-era gaming. It’s a little jarring to start off with, but it does have a certain retro charm. You can interact with the graphics by tapping them and moving around the screen.

There’s also the option to explore other weather playlists than the one you’re given, including sun, rain, wind, clouds, snow, and clear night. Just tap the weather logo at the top of the screen and then pick a new one.

Try Climatune out for yourself right here, by following the link.

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