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Spotify buys Heardle – but some players aren’t impressed | Business news

Spotify has bought music guessing game Heardle, but some fans aren’t happy about the acquisition.

The streaming giant hasn’t revealed what it paid, but its inspiration, a five-letter guessing game called Wordle, is sold to the New York Times for a seven-figure sum earlier this year.

Heardle challenges players to identify a song based on its opening note.

Users only have six guesses to get the correct answer, with each hint giving a few more seconds of the song to help them figure it out.

While the look and feel of the game isn’t set to change, users should now have the option to listen to the entire song Spotify after they have used up their guesses.

However, some fans have expressed their outrage at the takeover, with many no longer able to access the daily challenge.

That’s because it’s now only available in the UK, US, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“Thank you very much, I can’t play in Spain… I hope you fix it soon. I was lucky enough to do today’s before but this is so lame,” wrote one user on Twitter.

“Why do big corporations ruin everything,” said another.

People also took to social media to complain that their scores didn’t transfer, meaning they lost all their game stats.

“I’m very upset that my stats are gone. Heads up would have been nice. Also, the player doesn’t work that well,” said one person.

“I couldn’t charge it all day and my record was deleted. Well done you are the best,” another tweet read.

Spotify suggested people head to the Heardle app to transfer their stats, but said it was aware users were having issues.

“We know that statistics don’t translate to everyone. We are actively working on this so you can keep your winning streak alive,” the release said.

Announcing the acquisition, the company promised that “the look and feel of the game will remain the same and will remain free-to-play for everyone.”

It also hopes to integrate Heardle more fully into its platform in the future to allow “music lovers to connect more deeply with artists and challenge friends.”

“We’re always looking for innovative and playful ways to improve music discovery and help artists reach new fans,” said Spotify’s Global Head of Music Jeremy Ehrlich.

“Since its debut, the game has quickly built a loyal following and aligns with our plans to deepen interactivity within the Spotify ecosystem.”

Spotify buys Heardle – but some players aren’t impressed | Business news

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