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The End of an Era

In the dynamic world of music, innovative tools often become integral to how we discover, categorize, and understand the diverse tapestry of sounds that surround us. One such groundbreaking platform was, created by Glenn McDonald in 2018. Sadly, following a series of layoffs at Spotify, encompassing around 1500 employees, McDonald’s tenure—and with it,—it seems has come to an end. was not just a website; it was a musical odyssey. Created by Glenn McDonald, a data alchemist who merged technology with a deep love for music, this platform. It was an expansive, interactive map of genres – over 5000 of Spotify Genres, offering an unparalleled exploration experience.

Before became a hallmark of music discovery, it was part of The Echo Nest, a company that stood at the forefront of music intelligence and data services. Founded in the early 2000s, The Echo Nest was born from the vision of leveraging technology to understand and map the vast world of music. It combined sophisticated algorithms, cultural analysis, and an in-depth understanding of music to provide unique insights and recommendations.

The pivotal moment in The Echo Nest’s journey came in 2014 when it was acquired by Spotify. Already a giant in music streaming, Spotify recognized the value of The Echo Nest’s technology in enhancing its user experience. This acquisition allowed Spotify to integrate The Echo Nest’s sophisticated music intelligence directly into its streaming service, revolutionizing how users discovered and interacted with music.

The Unfortunate Shutdown

However, the recent layoffs at Spotify, including Glenn McDonald, have led to the shutdown of This closure marks a significant loss for the music community.

McDonald’s expertise and passion for music and data shone through every aspect of, making it a go-to platform for anyone keen on exploring the depths of music’s diverse landscape.

McDonald himself expresses a sense of loss but remains optimistic about his future contributions to music and technology, despite the abrupt end to his tenure at Spotify. See his blog post on Furia here: The beginning of the past · 13 December 2023.

 “I will probably need a new way to think about my music-listening, and maybe new tools to replace the ones I lost, and I’ve never been able to listen to music without also writing about it for very long, so I imagine there might be a new form of that, too.”

For businesses like ours at Rexius Records, was an invaluable asset. It enabled us to delve into uncharted musical territories, crucial for market research, helping us stay ahead in the dynamic music industry.

The Feeling of Loss

For us, and undoubtedly for many others in the industry, the absence of leaves a void. It was a tool that we relied on heavily, not just for discovering new music but for understanding the intricate tapestry of relationships between genres and artists. Its closure feels like losing a trusted guide in the vast and often overwhelming world of music.

It was a testament to the power of passion and innovation in the music industry. Its closure is not just a loss for its users but a reminder of the ever-changing nature of the music world.

As we bid farewell to this incredible tool, we also celebrate its legacy and the immeasurable impact it had on music lovers and industry professionals worldwide. may have been silenced, but its echo will resonate for years to come, inspiring future innovations in the world of music discovery and appreciation.

Are there any alternatives to

Time will tell, but so far no equal matches that we can find. If you know of any great alternatives, please let us know.


There is now an archival copy available at with the core functionality and static content, but as we can see it without any upcoming updates.