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Spotify beefs up Web API with Echo Nest integration, third-party playlist creation

Music streaming service courts developers
Tue Jun 17 2014, 16:24

MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify announced a significant update for its Web API on Tuesday, adding Echo Nest integration and the capability for web apps to make playlists for users.

Following its acquisition of the Echo Nest in March, Spotify's expanded Web API brings with it integration with the music data service, which means developers will be able to make use of its discovery and recommendation features.

Spotify said in a blog post, "Spotify and subsidiary The Echo Nest are more committed to the developer community than ever.

"Our newly combined platform makes it simpler than ever before to provide amazing music experiences on the web, and these enhancements are (just the beginning."

The updated Web API also offers much more metadata, allowing developers to include "extensive track, album and artist details from the Spotify catalog, including cover art and 30 second track previews".

Developers will also be able to access users' profiles with name, image, country, email, external URL, and subscriber status, with each user's permission, of course.

Perhaps the most interesting feature included in the Web API is the capability for web apps to create playlists for their users, a feature long called-for by developersrs.

Spotify added, "The new web API gives you the power to create powerful music apps on top of Spotify, except instead of founding the company and growing it for eight years, you get to jump right in and start building stuff on day one using our music and metadata, now with the ability to create playlists." µ


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