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What’s Next For Spotify? Apps.

by Emily Price | November 30, 2011November 30, 2011 10:15 am PST

Today at an event in NYC Spotify announced its plans for the future- to add apps to the service.  More specifically, to turn Spotify “into an interactive platform where third-party developers can easily build HTML5 Spotify Apps via JavaScript API” called amazingly enough “The Spotify Platform.”

Along with today’s announcement Spotify showed off an updated user interface for its web platform (adding a top friends list above your traditional list in the UI), as well as a few of the apps that we’ll see early on in this new age of the service. All of the apps will be available for both free and paid Spotify customers, and add some new functionality to Spotify’s existing platform.

A few of the apps shown off today today include:

Rolling Stone: An app that lets you listen to a playlist created by the magazine, check out song suggestions from Rolling Stone editors, and read reviews of tracks and playy those tunes from directly within the review. Get the benefits of all the editorial and discovery tools of seamlessly within Spotify

Tune Wiki: An app that provides lyric for tracks as your listen to them, and offers you a sing-along experience directly in Spotify.

SongKick: An app that lets you track your favorite artists and get personalized concert calendars and ticket listings.

In addition to those top four, Spotify is working with a ton of other brands to create apps:

The general idea behind the platform is to take any music-related thing you might need or want to do and bring it into Spotify, allowing the service to be a one-stop-shop for everything.

I’m a big fan of the idea. In general I love anything that can streamline the things that I do. Being able to read the Rolling Stone review of an album while listening to it? Kinda awesome. Being able to find tickets to the show and then have my own sing-a-long at home afterwards? Even better. Albeit I can do all of those things on my computer now, but having them all in the same place is a definite plus.

What do you think? What apps would you like to see come to Spotify in the future.

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...