With technology constantly evolving, it’s always a good feeling when there are new ways to connect old techniques of enjoying music with new ones. After Spotify redesigned their look last month, a new picture-recognition app has been created to compliment the streaming service’s new aesthetic. The Record Player app acts as a Shazam-type program for album covers and allows you to scan album artworks before the service searches Spotify to find the album. The app seems like the perfect tool for regular vinyl diggers who may want to preview an album that catches their eye before officially purchasing it.
Interest in vinyl has soared in recent years, accounting for 14% of all U.S physical album sales. Even stores with younger target markets like Urban Outfitters have whole departments dedicated to the buying and selling of vinyl records.
The system works by sending the images to Google Vision API, which will then figure out where the image comes from. Once it has the result, Record Player will then search Spotify for that album title before opening the first result for you. In addition to finding actual album covers, the app is also being used to see what albums come up when you submit unrelated images.
Do you think you’ll be using the Record Player app? Watch the video below for more information on how to use it, and let us know!
— Patrick Weaver (@patrickweave_r) May 2, 2018