Music service Spotify has announced recently that they are opening their servers to developers, who will be able to create apps that integrate with Spotify’s desktop app. In short, third-party developers can now expand on Spotify’s native functionalities by using Spotify’s API. To us users, this means a directory of HTML5 apps that should enhance the Spotify experience as we know it today.
This decision should make Spotify stand out among other music services. By creating their own dedicated app directory, Spotify is trying to resemble the big players in the field, namely Apple and Facebook, who offer a plethora of dedicated apps for their platforms. It might even make them stand out among other huge music providers such as Amazon and Google.
For now, there is a limited number of apps offered, which include apps for Last.fm and We Are Hunted, a TuneWiki app which displays lyrics next to songs, an app for getting concert tickets and a Moodagent app, to rate your music by moods. The list should grow in the near future.
For now, the apps are only available through Spotify’s desktop client. There’s no word as to when the new apps will be available for mobile clients, which is quite a limitation on the whole platform. Many users enjoy Spotify’s music through different devices, and might be hesitant to install an app they can’t use on all of them.
What do you think of the new Spotify apps? Have you already tried some?