Heardle, the popular music trivia game which is a spin-off of the vocabulary game Wordle, is now set to be acquired by streaming giant Spotify.
“We see Heardle as more than a trivia game: it’s also a music discovery tool. Playing Heardle can simply help you rediscover old tracks you thought you might have forgotten, discover new artists amazing or finally give a title to this wordless melody that you have stuck in your head forever,” reads an official statement from Spotify, the company that also recently launched a new feature dubbed “Supergrouper.”
The game aims to test your musical knowledge by offering a small portion of the audio from the start of a song along with the ability to guess the band name and song title. If the user is unable to identify the track, a limited number of skips are available, each of which produces an additional length of music. With approximately the first 30 seconds of the song ultimately available once the maximum number of skips has been used, its identity will ultimately be revealed if no guesses or errors are entered.
Spotify’s Global Head of Music, Jeremy Erlich, comments: “We’re always looking for innovative and fun ways to improve music discovery and help artists reach new fans. Heardle has proven to be a really fun way to connect millions of fans with songs they know and love and with new songs. . . and a way to compete with their friends to see who has the best musical knowledge. Since its debut, the game has quickly built a loyal following, and it aligns with our plans to deepen interactivity in the Spotify ecosystem.”
One cool new feature that Spotify is giving competitors is the ability to then play the entire song once the daily game ending is reached. At the time of this story’s publication, Heardle is available to play via Spotify in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
“Later, we also plan to more fully integrate Heardle and other interactive experiences into Spotify to allow music lovers to connect more deeply with artists and challenge their friends, all while having fun,” the statement concludes. Spotify.
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