Spotify will buy Heardle, a popular music trivia game


Spotify announced on Tuesday that it will acquire Heardle, a daily music trivia game that tasks players with identifying a song based on its opening notes.

Why is this important: The deal builds on Spotify’s efforts to make it easier to discover and interact with music on its platform.

  • “We see Heardle as more than a trivia game,” Spotify said in a statement announcing the deal. “It’s also a musical discovery tool.”

Details: Heardle is inspired by the popular word guessing game Wordle, which was acquired by The New York Times in 2022.

  • Like Wordle, Heardle is only available once a day to players on its own website and app. It gives users just six tries to guess a popular song based on its opening notes. The more guesses a user uses, the more a song’s notes are exposed.
  • For existing Heardle players, the look of the game will not change with the acquisition and the game will remain free for everyone.
  • With the deal, players will now be able to listen to the full song on Spotify after the game ends.
  • Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Between the lines: During an investor presentation in June, Spotify executives laid out a plan for the company to invest more in music discovery, noting that from Q1 2021 through Q1 2022, artists who leveraged Spotify’s “discovery mode” feature retained 98% of their customers.

  • “Playing Heardle might just help you rediscover old tunes you thought you forgot, discover amazing new artists, or finally give a title to that wordless melody you’ve stuck in your head forever,” it reads. in the press release.

The big picture: Games are increasingly being used by media giants to push users to spend more time with their content and on their platform.

  • The New York Times said in May that its seven-figure acquisition of Wordle in January had attracted “tens of millions of new users unprecedented in The Times.”

And after: The game will be available from Tuesday in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with more countries to follow in the future.

  • Soon, the company said, “hundreds of millions more people around the world will be able to play and enjoy the game in their native language.”
  • Later, the company plans to more fully integrate Heardle and other interactive experiences into Spotify.


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