Spotify Platform launches in beta, lets devs create music apps in Spotify

Music streaming service Spotify on Wednesday unveiled the Spotify Platform, which lets third party developers build apps into the popular Spotify streaming music service.

The platform launches with apps from thirteen partners, including Billboard, Fuse, Last.fm, The Guardian, Moodagent, Pitchfork, We Are Hunted, Rolling Stone, Songkick, Soundrop, and TuneWiki. The apps can be accessed through Spotify's App Finder, which launches in beta today.

The apps each offer something different for users. Last.fm's app, for example recommends artists, albums, and tracks, personal history tracking and playlisting, and integration with Last.fm's database of artist information and images. TuneWiki's app adds lyrics to the songs you listen to on Spotify, and Moodagent's picks music based upon "Mood" parameters set by the user.

"Once you take a look, you’ll see why we believe this is truly the beginning of something game-changing for digital music. We think this will lead to integrations that keep Spotify beautiful and simple, but layer in great musical experiences designed to be social and fun. It’s what our users have been asking us for," Spotify CEO and Founder Daniel Ek said on Wednesday.

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