Developers of music apps have been handed a pile of new toys to
play with in the latest release of Spotify’s Web
Rich metadata, including album art, 30-second previews, and
track, album and artist details will now be made available to
anyone who wants to build a Spotify web app, as well as the details
of a user’s playlists, display name, image, country, email,
external URL and subscriber status.
Even more exciting, though, is the ability for web apps to make
playlists for their users — a long-requested feature. This means
that third parties can create new ways of managing user playlists,
as well as creating playlists based on a theme or topic.
Finally, the API has also now been integrated with the Echo Nest
API, which was acquired by the company back in March 2014.
Developers can consult its database of tens of millions of songs
and artists to find similarities between different tracks. The
integration means it’ll be much easier for people making music apps
to access both Spotify and the Echo Nest’s databases
Echo Nest’s director of developer platform, Paul Lamere, wrote
in a blog post that he was “pretty excited”. “The API is fast,
super easy to use, and provides all sorts of great data for
building apps,” he said. “No more lag between when a new track
appears in Spotify and when you can get Echo Nest data.”
The new API is available today, from Spotify’s developer