Spotify halts new app submissions

Spotify announced yesterday, that their third-party app program is all over in the current guise.

The music service are looking to improve on the API launched back in 2011, which allowed developers to build their own applications that used Spotify’s vast music library e.g SoundDrop.  This worked well from a music-service-innovation perspective because most startups don’t have the option of signing licensing deals with music labels.  The only catch was that these apps were essentially restricted to Spotify’s desktop client.

Spotify will no longer be adding any new apps to its App Finder directory, but will allow current apps to continue performing critical updates on an ad hoc basis.  Going forward, Spotify is pushing out a new API with greater support for web and mobile apps, as well as the ability to allow developers to build a Spotify experience within their own services.  This is a strategic move from Spotify, driving them more in line with their current competitors such as Beats Music and Rdio, that already offer more flexible APIs.

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