Music is a very interesting space for me because it seems like major players rise and fall every few months. Whether it’s Pandora, Grooveshark, Apple’s Ping, Turntable.fm, or the eventual restructuring of MySpace, music will continue to progressively become more fun and social. Right now, Spotify seems to have the hot hand, mainly because of its ease of use and integration with Facebook.
I’ve been using Spotify a lot lately and I can honestly say I understand why it’s been so popular. It has a lot of the characteristics that made Pandora such a hit and it seems to function well as a lightweight version of iTunes. And again, the Facebook integration.
At any rate, we’re bound to start seeing some cool and useful apps and websites built around the idea of increasing the functionality of Spotify, and in this article, I’m going to show you one site that already has.
What Is ShareMyPlaylists?
The playlists featured on the site are comprised of many different genres and collections. Whether it’s music from a certain year or other time period, a collection around a certain genre, or the best of a particular artist, you’ll find all that and more on ShareMyPlaylists.
The site was created so that music lovers everywhere could upload, share, and discover new music with one another. If you’re an avid Spotify user, it’s definitely something you should check out.
When you first visit ShareMyPlaylists, you will be greeted with a welcome box that prompts you to sign up or register using either your Facebook or Twitter account. There is also an option to do neither if you prefer to browse around the site for a bit before making your decision whether to join or not.
Once you’re on the site, simply click the Submit Your Playlist! button to begin. There are three short steps involved with this process. First, you are to upload any artwork that is to be associated with the playlist you’re about to create, along with the playlist’s title and Spotify URL.
Next, you can enter a description for your playlist, so others will have a bit of context around why you picked the songs you did or what the list is comprised of.
Lastly, you will pick the genre of your playlist. Everything from Rock to Compilation will be listed here. When you’re done, just click the submit button and your playlist will become a part of the community.
You can also have ShareMyPlaylists generate a playlist for you if you visit the ‘Playlist Generator‘ tab at the top. From there, you can enter the name of a band or artist you’re interested in hearing, select the number of tracks you want, and choose from ‘Popular‘ or ‘Obscure‘ tracks.
If you aren’t pumped about ShareMyPlaylists already, you will be once you discover the mobile apps. ShareMyPlaylists is available on the iPhone/iPad and for Android devices. It can be used alongside the Spotify app to discover new music and ready made playlists from ShareMyPlaylists’ members.
On the iPad (where I prefer to use this app), you can get access to tens of thousands of Spotify playlists, which you can search by artist, track title, and playlist title. Simply choose your playlist with just one click and the app will automatically open the Spotify app and play your choice.
The mobile app is also set up so you can quickly and easily browse featured playlists from ShareMyPlaylists’ homepage, as well as see the latest playlists by genre.
I found this site to be very useful as a complement to my recent Spotify listening. I like how simple it is and it helps me discover new and – more importantly – good music based on other users’ tastes. Direct integration with Spotify via the mobile apps was certainly a deal maker for me as well.
Give this app a spin and let us know in the comments what you think of it. Or maybe you have another Spotify-based app that you would like to share with us?