A few months ago we added an audio module to the Spotify Apps API, making it possible to analyze the audio stream of a track playing in the Spotify Desktop Player. Our engineers at Spotify Labs have now made a simple app called “visualizer” that uses the audio module to provide a graphical representation of the playing track. It’s a bare-bones app, but it clearly demonstrates the potential of the Apps API.
Only 45 minutes by plane from Spotify HQ lies Helsinki, the capital of Finland, where last weekend’s Music Hack Day took place. Located just west of the city center lies StartUp Sauna, which together with Aaltoes were our hosts for the weekend.
Last weekend, Tunaspot and MINC hosted Malmö Music Hack Weekend. With 120 seats available for hackers, designer and thinkers and a 24 hour race against the clock, we saw many unexpected and interesting collaborations come to life. Spotify was present, as well as representatives from Sony Mobile, Deezer, SoundCloud, The Echo Nest, Neo4j, Midem & Evolver.fm.
Artists, music labels, fan groups, magazines, event organizers, and many other Spotify users are making the most of our new widget: the Spotify Follow Button.
Adding a Follow button to your website or social media page can dramatically increase the number of people watching your Spotify profile. Artists like Avicii and Armin van Buuren have already posted Follow buttons on their websites, giving them an even larger audience for their music. (more…)
Many thanks to our sponsors: The Echo Nest, Soundcloud, CMJ, Twilio, Rdio, MusiXmatch, Free Music Archive, Gracenote, 3scale, Dizzyjam, and Mote.io.
Follow buttons are great for artists who want to build a fan base, businesses who want to raise their Spotify profiles, and music lovers who just want to share their tastes.
You can link the buttons to any artist or any user profile in Spotify:
- Artists can use Follow buttons to bring fans to their profiles
- Music labels can promote their artist profiles
- Promoters can help publicize future events
- Fans can promote their favorite artists
- Bloggers and publishers can grow their following on Spotify
The Spotify profile pages that you link to are a great place to showcase popular tracks, albums and playlists.
When: October 18-19, 2013
Where: Spotify NYC, 45 W. 18th St, Floor 7, New York, NY 10011
RSVP link: http://mhdnyc.splashthat.com
We’ll have a bunch of music APIs to play with, including The Echo Nest, Soundcloud, Rdio, Musixmatch, 3scale, Twilio, Free Music Archive, and Dizzyjam.
You can RSVP for the event here. We are working on getting an artist to play on Saturday night. We’ll update this post as soon as we have more information.
If you’re hacking, you can already start collaborating on Hacker League.
We’ve introduced several exciting new apps in the Spotify desktop player this month, all of them available through the App Finder in the player. All of the apps are available worldwide and use the Spotify Apps API to explore Spotify’s vast depths of audio content.
“Discover the hottest new music in the world right now”
Twitter #Music analyzes popular music based on the volume of tweets and mentions of that song on Twitter, and curates it in a playlist where users can easily connect with the artist on Twitter. This Spotify app breaks down music by genres (alternative, country, electronic, rock, etc.) and by category (superstars, popular, emerging, and unearthed).
Twitter #Music brings back We Are Hunted‘s coveted and respected “Hunted” chart, which draws music from music blogs and organizes them at a track level in a way visually similar to what fans of We Are Hunted are already used to. Since the entire app experience resides in the Spotify desktop player it is lightening fast and users are able to immediately link to that artist’s Spotify profile. But most important is the “+ add as playlist” button, which immediately exports any listening experience as a playlist that users can save forever.
“Create dynamic playlists based on your favorite artists”
uDiscover is a Spotify app from Universal Music, the world’s leading music company. This new, multifaceted discovery app provides a unique and engaging way of exploring all of the tracks available on Spotify. It connects users to both familiar and new music with deep exploration by artist, genre and other themes.
The app builds dynamic playlists based around Spotify users’ favorite artists and listening history. It draws from the deep collection of playlists that have been created by the uDiscover team. It features some of the most influential musicians in history and a multitude of genres and themes by leading industry taste-makers, including never before seen content from Universal Music’s extensive archives.
Its algorithmic recommendations combined with expert knowledge help create engaging curated Spotify playlists, which can be followed and saved to your Spotify library. Whether the listener chooses to actively select tracks from options presented by uDiscover or leave the app to work by itself, the playlists will be different every time.
“A Social Jukebox for Spotify users”
The Sevenpop Social Jukebox enables users to open their music selection to friends who can browse the jukebox playlist and vote up their favorite songs. “We are honored and happy to make Sevenpop available to the global Spotify community, and hope that music fans around the world will find it fun and engaging”, says Nuke Goldstein, founder and CEO of Sevenpop. “We believe that Sevenpop is the perfect companion to the cutting edge music experience provided by Spotify.”
Sevenpop allows users to voice their opinion on songs, effectively crowd-sourcing the playlist order. The once unidirectional music system turns into an interactive social party. In addition to having a say in the songs that play, people can use Sevenpop’s mobile-centric service to meet and chat with others. Its is a great way for users to find out about each other and communicate. Furthermore, an optional video display can project the song currently playing, custom messages, and real-time on-location user activity.
For more about Spotify apps and the Spotify Apps API, visit https://developer.spotify.com/technologies/apps/.
We have launched many new apps for the Spotify desktop player this month. Here we look at three of our featured apps and how our development partners have been making great use of Spotify’s great depth of content.
Electrospective is a new app that helps you to explore the electronic music catalogues of EMI, Virgin, and Mute Records. The app—by Universal—covers no less than six decades of music. It features both early electronic tracks and albums by Brian Eno, Roxy Music, The Human League and Kraftwerk, as well as a range of interesting newcomers like French artists M83 and British musician Alex Metric.
The app includes an excellent playlist generator that lets you create random electro playlists over selected decades based on sub-genre (ambient, breakbeat, dance, industrial, etc.) and matching particular styles and tempos. The generated playlists can of course be saved and shared.
Like all Spotify apps, you can find Electrospective on the App Finder tab in the Spotify desktop player. All in all it is a very slick app that nicely highlights these labels’ extensive genre catalogue. It’s a treasure trove for electronic music lovers to explore and shows how Spotify apps can richly enhance a label’s catalogue offering.
But Spotify apps are not just for adding value to catalogues. One app that we simply love is Mr Quizter. It’s great to see some games coming through and this is a wonderfully addictive game if you are a music fan. Not only are there hundreds of ready-made quizzes available in the app—like “Name the Singer” and “Album Covers” (where you have to guess the artist)—you can also create your own fiendishly difficult quizzes and challenge your friends!
Mr Quizter is an excellent example of how Spotify apps can be used to repackage music content and use it as the basis of interesting, innovative applications. The app is developed by Swedish company Nowigames AB and has recently gone from limited release in the Nordics to worldwide availability . It’s not the first Spotify app by Nowigames: if you live in Sweden, check out nowify.me, a great app for finding out what gigs are planned in your city.
Other innovative companies are using the Spotify Apps API to trawl Spotify’s oceans of audio content. And it is not necessarily music that’s being landed! Take the new Official Comedy app that’s new on the App Finder tab this month. Developers Bedrocket already have an established channel on YouTube. Now they have created a fabulous app that gathers together tracks from dozens of top comedians like Louis C.K., Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Silverman, and Steven Wright.
Aggregation of content in this way helps all Spotify users to explore across multiple catalogues. And it gives the developer opportunities to attract customers to their other offerings in Facebook and on the web.
For more about Spotify apps and our API, visit https://developer.spotify.com/technologies/apps/.
- Spotify gets its first comedy app, from Monty Python to Louis CK (guardian.co.uk)