Is Spotify Trying To Become The Facebook Of Music?

By David Cohen Comment

Spotify is incorporating the Facebook philosophy of using free, open-source applications in an effort to become a music platform in its own right. reported that Spotify Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek said in a blog entry that the apps will be coded in HTML5, and they will be part of the Spotify app, so users won’t be required to install any other software.

He said that developers can build apps via a JavaScript application programming interface API.

Ek added that users can access these apps whether or not they are Spotify subscribers, according to, and he said that for now, developer partners do not share in revenue.

He also said many of the apps were in response to user requests, and it made more sense to outsource those features to third-party developers.

Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner also appeared at today’s press conference in New York, where Ek described the music magazine’s version of the Spotify App as including “editorial, concert tickets, lyrics, and many, many more experiences … just the perfect companion to read about the stuff you want to hear as you hear it.”

Wenner said the online magazine’s version of the app will soon add playlists.

Spotify Apps have already been created by, We Are Hunted, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Songkick, TuneWiki, Dagbladet, Soundrop, Top10, Billboard, Fuse, Gaffa, ShareMyPlaylists, Tunigo, and MoodAgent.

The TuneWiki app displays the lyrics to songs users are listening to, and the Songkick app offers information on whether artists currently being played are performing anywhere in users’ areas, including ticket purchasing, if applicable.

Readers, how are you listening to music these days, and how have your habits changed with technological advancements?