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.
Last.fm: Get the benefits of all the editorial and discovery tools of Last.fm 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.