I’m not sure of the official timeline, but it felt to me that Heardle was a spin off / inspired by Wordle, the game where you have a small amount of guesses to nail a daily word. Heardle was a music version, which was free to play and also insanely popular.
Now, just as Worlde was bought out, so have Heardle: and Spotify are the buyers. They’ve vowed to keep it free, keep the format, but add the ability to listen to the full song at the end. However, users are reporting faults, histories being erased, and general doubts.
Spotify’s Head of Music (Jeremy Erlich) said “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 as to 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 across the Spotify ecosystem…”
I wish to complain. There is no (big red) warning of expletives in many of the music choices for Heardle. Two in the last three days and seven in a past fortnight. If these tracks are not suitable for general broadcast I don’t want to hear them AT ALL. I would be sorry to leave Heardle as it gave much enjoyment until the much heralded change of format. Today, after listening to a one-hour programme in tribute to Her Majesty the late Queen Elizabeth the last thing I want to hear is bad mouth expletives. Especially as unexpectedly in pop music. There is no place for this in the home. I shan’t repeat the offending words in my complaint, though other people might do.
I couldn’t agree more. I like to play with my children, but now have to check first to make sure there’s no expletives. Today there were plenty (14 November 22) and couldn’t play with my children. When I told them why they quite rightly asked, but why, when so many kids play. With so many songs to choose from I don’t see how Spotify/Heardle can repeatedly justify this.
Completely agree. Today’s being a good example of an awful song. Not impressed with the foul language.