Spotify Invites Apps to the Party

Internet giant Spotify has prised open the case on third party applications for it’s service.

Lovingly and uniquely named ‘Spotify Apps‘, the expansion to the streaming Swedish-founded streaming service is one designed to lure even more people from iTunes and to the recently established platform.

This isn’t the first time Spotify has expanded this year. At the f8 conference in San Francisco, they collaborated with Facebook alongside the announcement of the new timeline profile.

Predominantly, this allowed your Facebook friends to be much more interactive with the music you listen to, posting every song you play to the mini-feed, and allowing likes and comments on all tracks. Spotify quickly introduced a ‘private session‘ option to hide those guilty pleasures.

I’ve been playing around with the preview version of Spotify – which I’ll link to at the bottom of the post – and I have to say, it’s a fantastic and worthwhile upgrade. It almost seems bare without it now.

One of the first apps I added was the Last.fm app, which not only scrobbles your tracks that you listen to on Spotify for you, but allows you to see your recommendations and play history – all from within Spotify. I think that’s the key here – these apps often enable you to do much more without leaving Spotify itself.

The Last.fm app in Spotify. Don't judge me.

Next up was Songkick, and a very worthy first time install that turned out to be too. It scans your Spotify library for artists and correlates them to a location that you give to it – finding out when and where your favourite artists are playing near you.

Another app that got installed as soon as I opened the preview was TuneWiki. Simply put, anything you listen to on Spotify gets karaoke style scrolling lyrics (provided the database had them). It’s a quirky app that is fun, but may now and again save me from looking up the lyrics to a line that’s been bugging me.

The last app I added was Moodagent. I haven’t played with this for much time, but the initial concept seems very intriguing. It compiles a playlist dictated by the mood you tell it you are in, which I first saw in some Sony Ericsson phones a few years ago. Nevertheless, very interesting, and a great way to discover new music.

Moodagent add-on displayed above. The only mood I'll ever need.

Apart from the app addition, Spotify as a whole remains largely unchanged, bar the new organised search bar and a nice interactive carousel that displays recommended and music often listened to.

Overall, the introduction of apps seems to answer a question that was never really there, but going back to an app-less Spotify, even at such an early stage would be very difficult for me personally to get used to again.

For those of you wanting to get Spotify App-savvy, check out this link here.

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