Spotify is closing a chapter in its development history with the announcement that Spotify Apps will be shutting down to any new submissions.
Since Dec. 2011, music streaming service Spotify has supported a platform called Spotify Apps that allowed for the support of different experiences inside of the desktop client. As of today the company is shutting down support for the service to all but critical updates of existing apps. So long as the app was built with API 1.x it will continue to function, but one has to imagine that will also eventually disappear.
Spotify is most definitely not jumping out of the app development game, however. The company announced that over the coming months it will be releasing several now mobile Software Development Kits (SDKs), as well as adding new features to the Web API.
Those of you who wish to continue building apps for the desktop client for local use can do so, but there will be no option to share it with the rest of the world.
As mobile apps continue to grow as the way the majority of consumers consume their content, this will more than likely become a more and more common trend. Companies will need to but support for the platforms that aren’t being used as frequently, and while that may not be what some developers want to hear, it’s the sad nature of the beast that is development.