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Spotify Turns Into "Music Platform" - With Apps

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Spotify Turns Into "Music Platform" - With Apps

Spotify held its first major press conference in New York to announce that it was turning into a “music platform” and opening itself up to developers to produce apps to complement its music streaming service.

The apps will be free and available to both Premium and free users of the service. The apps will allow Spotify users to share, find and get more in depth knowledge about the music they are listening to.

The apps will only be available on desktop versions of the Spotify app initially and will allow users to read reviews of music they are listening, see lyrics on-screen as they listen and buy concert tickets directly from within Spotify.

At the presentation, Daniel Ek, CEO and co-founder of Spotify, showed off some of the apps, which are accessed from App Finder on the left hand side of the interface. The Rolling Stone app shows album recommendations from writers at the magazine as well as playlists like the top 100 guitarists of all time.

Songkick will allow users to find concerts being played by their favourite artists in their locality, see previous set lists and purchase tickets directly from within Spotify. The tunewiki app will show users the lyrics if you want to sing along while listeding to your tunes.

Ek said that Spotify will open up its JavaScript API to all developers allowing them to create new HTML5 apps and that in the future these apps will become integrated into the mobile versions of Spotify.

As well as the new apps, Spotify has also made some other tweaks to the UI. Along the right hand side, you can now add your 'favourite' friends rather than just seeing everyone and another section on the right will let you see what people are listening to right now – which is very similar to the new Facebook design.

Spotify, which launched in the US a couple of months ago, now has 10 million subscribers – seven million of which have joined since September, when Spotify linked up with Facebook.

Of the 10m subscribers, 2.5m are paying customers and between them, they have created 500m playlists.

Are you rather disappointed with the new app platform from Spotify or do you think it will add to your listening pleasure? Let us know in the comments.

Floriank

December 1, 2011, 3:40 am

Hmm, Spotify has been getting a lot of bad press from it's users since getting into bed with Facebook - now you can't even sign up for it unless you have a fb account.

Obviously, they're getting a nice slice of their income from the link-up with fb but I for one would never ever want every single song I play through Spotify to both show up on my wall (not that I have one anyway) but also add to the massive depository of personal identifiable information fb is hoarding about it's millions of users. Now Spotify is also feeding them the music listening habits of all it's own users. Luckily I had signed up with Spotify before they sold their user's privacy to fb, so can use it without a fb account. If they ever change that I'll be off - another premium account amongst hundreds of others lost (see their own forums)

Why do you think fb is being valued at $100bn currently - the insight they have into millions of people's private lives is more valuable to marketing businesses than proverbial 'gold dust'

Jesper

December 1, 2011, 12:16 pm

Not to ruin the party, but if you are a Songbird user, you have been able to install extensions for your music player for years.

And just a suggestion: How about making this wonderful revolutionary music platform independent of another platform: Facebook.

jingyeow

December 1, 2011, 2:56 pm

If I remember correctly. Those Songbird apps were just a web browser inside a media player. Plus Songbird runs extremely badly on powerful hardware. Using Songkick would occasionally crash the whole player. Not great UI.

PGrGr

December 1, 2011, 3:13 pm

You are comparing apples to pears. Songbird is an itunes alternative, for organising music you have bought (or pirated) and own. Spotify is primarily a music streaming service. Although it can incorporate music you own, it's all about renting the right to listen to any music without owning it. Stick to your own party!

PGrGr

December 1, 2011, 3:18 pm

I am in agreement with you about having concerns about Spotify sharing information with FB. You can turn off the facility whereby all your listening turns up on your FB wall though. (Tick "private listening" in "preferences" - took me a while to find it). And you can disconnect from FB altogether.

I can't see Spotify reducing it's FB integration though. Social networking is the way of the future, like it or not. :-(

PGrGr

December 2, 2011, 2:37 pm

@Floriank,

I take it all back. The "private listening" only works for 6 hours then turns itself off. It seems Spotify have made it intentionally difficult to avoid FB integration.

I have duly added my complaints to the list on the forum - over 1000 people when I did it!

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