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Things have been relatively quiet in regard to new apps for Spotify lately, but a new one called H1tchr is blowing the doors off the silence and bringing an awesome new feature to the streaming music service. Back in the day, when people used to get their music on tapes and CDs, albums included liner notes, which helped give you a better idea of the back story of the musician and the music contained within the album. H1tchr is bringing the information in those liner notes to the digital age through Spotify.

Once the app is installed, simply play a song and H1tchr will pull in the data on the song and artist and give you a better feel for the back story of the band and song. It pulls in data from Wikipedia and Discogs, and the data is quite extensive. Of course, if a band is not available on either of these sites, then H1tchr will not be able to pull in the data, but let’s be honest, almost everything is on Wikipedia so that should not be an issue unless the band is incredibly obscure.

The right side of the screen includes interesting information about the band’s history from Wikipedia, and the right side brings the album’s track list, credits and galleries of the band. This is almost exactly the kind of information that you would find in the liner notes of an album, just brought forward to digital age.

H1tchr is available now on Spotify. It’s 100% free, and in my testing, it works exactly as advertised. Check it out, then hit the comments section below and let us know what you think.

Source: The Next Web


  1. Vampie C.
    October 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Cool. Needs some investigation this weekend :-)

  2. h1tchr
    October 17, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks for the great write up Dave. Yes h1tchr for Spotify was developed independently by a musician and his team who wanted to create a virtual album experience while listening on Spotify. We bring in the artist's wikipedia page and their album credits from which is the only user generated site of its kind. We encourage users to contribute and tweak the discogs db as they find missing data. It's a big job and we are the first service of this kind who can deliver these results in real time.

    As Timothy correctly states, at we are building a site to let you connect songs and build a user generated family tree of songwriting. We are in beta now and offering early access to those who give us their email. The last few days have birthed a lot of h1tchmaps, so we are encouraged by our new users' contributions!

  3. Timothy
    October 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Your article is a bit misleading—several times you say that *Spotify* released this app. Spotify had practically nothing to do with it. All Spotify apps are made by independent developers or other companies, and Spotify hosts them in their App Finder.

    Also you say the non-Wikipedia stuff is on the right side, rather than the left. Just a little word mix-up. :)

  4. salim benhouhou
    October 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    i will try spotify with this plugin and see

  5. Yiz Borol
    October 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I'm so confused, spotify already has a background and history for most artist/albums... what this adding?

    • Timothy
      October 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      The article is a bit misleading. This is by an independent developer, not Spotify.

      The bulk of h1tchr's purpose is the website part, at This lets you link songs that sound similar, sample each other, etc. The developer says this may be part of the app at some point, but for now all the app does is show you potentially useful or interesting information about the artist and album.

    • h1tchr
      October 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      h1tchr for Spotify offers user generated data like full Wikipedia article and the album credits for each album as well as some additional photos. Spotify only offers bios supplied by labels or corporate sources.

  6. Nathan Labbe
    October 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    How does spotify differ from Pandora? What advantages/disadvantages do each have?

    • Timothy
      October 18, 2012 at 2:02 am

      Spotify is exactly the same as Pandora... but with a huge amount more you can do. Here's a little overview, based on how much you want to pay:

      == Free Spotify ==
      - Listen to any song in the Spotify library for free. Unlike Pandora, you can *choose* what plays, like iTunes, but you don't own the music.
      - Listen to ads here and there. They're a little more frequent than on Pandora.
      - Listen to Spotify Radio, which is Pandora. But obviously it must use a different algorithm and stuff.
      - Make playlists, share music, etc.
      - Sync with your existing music library.
      - Listen with an application that you download, that doesn't use Flash and plays nicely with the OS's playback commands.
      - Listen to Spotify Radio on your iOS device

      == $5/month "Unlimited" Spotify ==
      - All the above, minus ads.

      == $10/month "Premium" Spotify ==
      - All the above
      - Mobile Spotify (use Spotify like the desktop application on your iOS or Android device
      - Offline Spotify (caches songs of your choice to your computer/iOS/Android device)

      I might be forgetting a couple things, but that's about it.

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