Updating the Spotify application in April killed off one of my favorite features – the 3rd party app ecosystem. Spotify’s 3rd party apps let other entities create an app that allowed users to explore music through their lens. Pitchfork, for example had an app that let you listen to the albums it reviewed, the Hype Machine’s showcased music of randomly chosen blogs it tracks.
One of my favorites was KCRW’s Music Mine. KCRW is Los Angeles’s public radio station and their app was basically a digest of the day’s radio playlist. You could get their playlist by listening on their site, or through their app, but doing it in Spotify allowed you to easily add songs to your favorites as well as dive in and deeper explore the music of the artists.
I found more new music using Music Mine than with any other discovery service, and I was deeply saddened that they removed it. So I decided to try to duplicate its functionality.
Luckily, KCRW has a pretty well defined API that exposes a JSON feed of their day’s playlist – for example. Using this, I’m able to create a new playlist on Spotify, and add all of these tracks to the playlist.
You can see, and hopefully make use of it here: http://billyfowks.com/spotify/.