Spotify Can Curate a Throwback Soundtrack Based on the Year You Were Born

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The internet is a great tool for discovering new music, but some days you just want to play “Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa on repeat. Spotify understands that many of its users are just as interested in digging up old tracks as they are in listening to current chart-toppers—and it wants to help. As Mashable reports, the streaming service now offers curated Time Capsule playlists based on the user's age and taste in music.

If you already have a Spotify account, you may remember being asked to enter your date of birth when you first signed up. Using that information, the app can now generate a list of songs you may have liked in your teens and early 20s. Spotify employs algorithms similar to the ones used for its Discover Weekly playlists to personalize the song selections, which means every soundtrack is different. So if you’re a millennial who loves boy bands, you may see a lot of NSYNC and 98°. Someone born in the 1950s who likes rock ’n' roll might get songs by Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

It isn’t hard to find music from past eras on Spotify. The service has playlists for every decade of the past 50 years, and some recordings in its database date back to the 19th century. But if you don’t feel like calculating which period is most likely to tickle your nostalgia receptors on any given day, Spotify is happy to do the work for you. Members between the ages 16 and 85 can pull up their own playlists at timecapsule.spotify.com.

[h/t Mashable]

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See What a Trailer for The Empire Strikes Back Might Look Like in 2020

Do or do not watch this trailer. There is no 'try.'
Do or do not watch this trailer. There is no 'try.'
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Special effects, cinematography trends, and acting styles may have changed over the last 40 years, but Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) remains one of the most beloved film sequels—even among younger generations of Star Wars fans—to this day.

The trailer, on the other hand, seems pretty outdated, mainly due to the voiceover narration that expels lofty phrases like “an epic of romance, of heroes and villains,” and “a galactic odyssey against oppression.” To see what The Empire Strikes Back would look like with today’s trailer standards, YouTube user AD_edits created a new one, which relies on dialogue from the film itself to set the stage for the galactic odyssey against oppression.

As Nerdist points out, AD_edits’s trailer also manages to hint at important plot points without giving too much away, like mentioning that Luke must find a great Jedi master without revealing Yoda’s identity. The original, meanwhile, contains a couple outright spoilers—it shows, for example, Darth Vader sitting at the head of the table in Cloud City, waiting to ambush Han Solo and Princess Leia. Viewers might not have realized the significance when they saw the split-second clip in the trailer, but it would probably ruin the surprise when they watched the actual film.

Of course, there was always the possibility certain parts of the trailer could’ve ended up on the cutting room floor before the movie hit theaters, which has definitely happened before. The Cloud City scene made the final cut, but some storylines from earlier in the filmmaking process weren’t so lucky—in fact, most of the first draft for The Empire Strikes Back was completely scrapped. Find out about Darth Vader’s gargoyle-filled castle, Han Solo’s stepfather, and other axed ideas here.

[h/t Nerdist]