Have you heard the news? One of our favorite sources for music, Spotify, now has apps! While the app feature is currently in preview with 12 different apps, once the service launches in December, there will be 16. We've spent some time playing with the new apps and now have three favorites, read on for why we like them and what they'll mean for our upcoming holiday parties.
The apps are HTML 5 and all run within the Spotify client for Mac & PC. Spotify apps come from a variety of sources that are known and trusted in the music business like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Last.fm. Our 3 favorites are Moodagent, Songkick, and TuneWiki.
Moodagent: One of the things we like about Vimeo Music Store is being able to search for tracks based on mood, Moodagent does this and makes it super easy to put together a quick playlist based on a specific mood. We can see this app coming in handy during parties where we need to quickly select new background tunes. The app can build the playlist based solely on mood, or based on a track you like and mood. Word of advice, do use the track you like and mood to build your list otherwise you might be left with a whole bunch of suggestions that are not even remotely appealing. We did this with "happy" as our mood and without putting in a song to key off of, we received many Disney kid stars, N'Sync, and a host of other picks very popular with the 11 year old set. Once we selected a favorite song for Moodagent to key off of we were much happier with the results.
Songkick: We love watching live music but it is difficult as we get older and our lives get busier and busier to know when our favorite bands are playing. Songkick uses your Spotify favorites to build you a calendar of when they are playing in your location. It's a nice and easy way to see at a glance what's happening in your local music scene and we think this app will be very useful indeed.
TuneWiki: We have many friends that love karaoke so we know that if we were to break out this app at our next party it is sure to be a hit. TuneWiki brings up the lyrics to the currently playing song in Spotify. It's a simple, easy to use app and adjusting just how many lyrics you want on screen is a snap. We also think this app will be useful for settling debates quickly about what the lyrics are to a currently playing song without needing to break out the Google-fu.
What apps are you most excited about in Spotify?