Last week we invited our friends from the developer community at SXSW to join us for some exciting news about our platform. We started off with a developer brunch between the Interactive and Music days.

Even though it was a cold and rainy day, in what is usually a hot and sunny Austin, we had a great bunch of curious people and developers joining us for a new chapter in Spotify’s platform history.

Developer Brunch

We opened up with a recap of the past. We’ve had our platform available for over 5 years now! We’ve met great people on the way, including participants at Music Hack Days and other exciting events. A showcase highlighted some of our favorite apps built on the platform, including SoundHound, SpotOn Radio, MusiXmatch and more.

Just recently we made the announcement of releasing our first DJ app integration together with Pacemaker, and we were honored to have Jonas Norberg, CEO and Co-founder, from Pacemaker Music to give us a DJ demo and sharing his experience with finally democratizing music and using Spotify to power and achieve his goal. Following the exciting demo, we finally announced a new iOS SDK. With the learnings and feedback we’ve got over the past years, we made an SDK for the new mobile age. We’re super excited to get developers jumping on the new SDK and we love to hear what you think.

Don’t worry, Android developers, we also got you covered. We announced that we’ve started working on an SDK for Android and will release it very shortly.

But not everything was about mobile. We touched base on what we think is important for the future of the platform and how we can enable developers to create better music experiences. We’re talking about data!

We want to enable developers to create rich experiences with Spotify data. Everything from simple metadata about music to personal user data.

To achieve this, we’re in the final steps of releasing a new authentication & authorization platform, using standard OAuth2 to allow developers to securely take part of data from users with their trust. To accompany this, we’re also releasing a brand new Web API. To begin with, we’ll have endpoints to share user information, playlisting and rich music object metadata, including 30 second preview tracks.

We ended the presentation with finally announcing that we’re opening up the Spotify Connect API to more vendors and developers very soon, creating endless possibilities to control and sync music context across apps and audio hardware.

SxSW was great! We enjoyed talking to everyone and getting valuable feedback on our platform. We already know amazing apps will start popping up in the near future.

Check out the presentation slides from the brunch: