Last week Spotify announced something new – apps. Much like Facebook apps they’re frames inside the Spotify program which can do pretty much anything, and now that Spotify is tied in with Facebook the possibilities are pretty exciting!
moodagent (I’ll explain how to access this link later) is a brilliant app which takes your mood and picks out a fitting playlist for you, but what’s cool is that you can alter the order of the playlist, with a fancy graph, to change the level of ‘anger’ or ‘sensualness’, or if you want to ditch the mood ordering altogether you’ve got a choice of tempo too.
But my favourite and most innovative, in my opinion, is Soundrop – a communal democratic radio station. The playlist is entirely compiled by the listeners and the songs play one by one which all the listeners listen to at the same time. The order of the songs are decided by a vote system, so more popular songs are played first and the leas
t popular ones are never played. I’ve been using this for a week and I rarely play my own playlists in favour of this app. It’s the track discovery Spotify has been needing for a long time.
This type of thing is perfect for offices. At Independents United we’re setting up this app on our music-playing computer and every employee will have a say on what’s played. So no more Christmas songs! On the other hand we may end up with nothing but Christmas songs..
The version of Spotify which supports apps is still in beta, but you can download it here. Once installed you can click on the links to the apps above, or via the Spotify sidebar (easier). We’re expecting this release in the next few days.