Spotify just announced its new app platform. Partnering with the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard, Last.fm and The Guardian, the online music service aims to allow users to get more from their tunes.
The Spotify Platform is clearly in the early stages, but the potential of this sort of platform is immense. For publications such as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Billboard, apps offer a way to provide content and perhaps even gain interaction. Reading an album review while listening to the album makes for a compelling user experience.
Still, the most interesting apps are those that integrate with the service in new and inventive ways. For instance, the Last.fm app allows users to generate related song playlists based on the track they are currently listening to. And TuneWiki brings lyrics to Spotify in a way that is real-time and synced alongside playback.