Starting today, music fans who use Spotify will have access to 12 new apps within the popular free-or-subscription music service.
The new apps, pictured above, give music fans a nice range of options for discovering new music among Spotify’s 16-million-song plus catalog, whether they pay for the service or not. Subscribers can listen as much as they want. Non-paying users could find themselves hitting the service’s free listening limits earlier, given the ease with which Spotify apps help them delve deeper into the service, tempting them with all sorts of musical treats. Either way, they can only listen to these apps in the desktop version of the software.
There’s some decent variety in this latest batch. If we were to generalize, it seems differentiated by apps from record labels and music distributors themselves, including Domino, Matador, EMI, Warner, DefJam (part of Universal Music Group), PIAS, and X5. Perhaps most notable is the warner sound app, pictured to the right, given that Warner has mostly shied away from free music services in the past.
We’re also seeing some new educational-style apps in this latest round of Spotify apps designed to help you learn about classical music; discover new bands based on the trail of influence that has always woven itself throughout our shared musical history; and, of course, rock new playlists from various curatorial sources.
Will Spotify succeed in its plan to become “the OS of music?”
It certainly has a lead on its competition, including Rdio, whose API isn’t as easy to work with according to one developer, and Rhapsody, which doesn’t seem to see the appeal in allowing other people to build apps for it.
“The potential for Spotify Apps is just massive,” said Spotify director of platform Sten Garmark in a statement, “and we can’t wait to see what people are going to blow us away with next.”
Here’s the complete list of all 12 new Spotify apps, along with the company’s descriptions:
“Classify: Classify opens Spotify’s doors to the world of classical music. Browse by composers, eras, moods, instruments or genres. A vast library of classical music is now intelligently organised for your listening pleasure.
The Complete Collection: Browse rich images, lyrics, and liner notes to learn more about iconic artists while listening to their music. Always wanted to know who wrote that Eminem song? Looking for the producer of your favourite beat? Use The Complete Collection to immerse yourself in music history while listening to legends you love! Subscribe to your favourite artists to learn more about their music. With the Complete Collection, you won’t miss a detail. 150 album booklets available at launch with many more coming soon.
Def Jam: For over 26 years, Def Jam Recordings has shaped culture and lifestyles by creating the very best in hip-hop, rap, R&B, and pop music. Def Jam’s new Spotify app will give you new experiences in music discovery and curation.
Digster: Digster has fresh playlists updated weekly. You can browse playlists by category, find playlists made by artists and match Digster playlists to your listening history and Facebook likes. When you find something you like you can play it in full screen mode. Perfect for a party or when you need to see what’s playing across the room while preparing dinner.
Domino: The Domino Spotify app is a discovery and listening destination for fans of Domino artists, the Domino label and the larger independent music community. Through the app, Domino leads the listener through its 20-year history by highlighting artist playlists, custom catalogue exclusives and commentary from their friends and neighbours in the world of indie.
Filtr: Filtr is a playlist app, which allows you to build playlists based on the music tastes of your Facebook friends, people who’ve accepted invitations to Facebook events, music genres, your Spotify playlists and favourite artists. On top of generating awesome playlists, Filtr also recommends existing and live updated editorial playlists based on what you like.
Hot or Not: Hot or not? You decide. Cast your vote on one of the two songs in the battle, either based on what you think is the most popular or what you wish to make popular. You’ll be rewarded with points and can earn badges as well as track your progress. Your voting will also contribute to the ‘Taste Maker’ top list based on users with the highest points score.
The Legacy Of: A visual feast. Dig deeper into some of the world’s most acclaimed artists with hi-res photos, curated playlists, handpicked albums, biographies and more. Delve into the catalogue of artists like Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Stevie Ray Vaughan. New artists highlighted every week.
Matador Records: Matador’s app gives you the ultimate experience in new releases, tour dates, playlists and more. As well as keeping you clued up on Matador’s latest releases and tour dates, you can browse through the history of releases from Matador since 1992 – an interactive guide to music from the New York indie label.
[PIAS]: The [PIAS] app helps you discover the very best new albums and expertly curated playlists from the indie label. Updated weekly, you can now rely on trusted voices to introduce and recommend great music from both past and present.
TweetVine: TweetVine is a perfectly formed little app that listens to all the tweets on Twitter with the hashtag #NowPlaying and creates Spotify charts from the results! The idea was developed at a London Music Hack Day by brilliant coders Matt Larsen and Matt Schofield from Universal Music.
the warner sound: the warner sound features songs, albums, and playlists from Warner Music Group’s outstanding roster of artists including Green Day, Bruno Mars, Linkin Park, and Cee Lo Green, hot and emerging artists like Wiz Khalifa, Ed Sheeran, Kimbra, Birdy, and Fun, as well as legendary acts like The Doors, Grateful Dead, and Aretha Franklin. Additional features include genre-specific playlists, album of the day, family tree (where current artists are traced back to the classic roots), and artist-curated playlists from today’s hottest acts.”
Even before this dozen apps appeared, Spotify users listened to over 1,500 years’ worth of music in previous apps during the first three months in which they were available.