New Follow API and Playlist Search
Posted December 19th, 2014
Add Follow Features to Your Apps
TheSpotify Follow Button is a popular widget with website owners and bloggers. Now we’ve exposed the APIs that power that widget so that you can add follow features to your own apps. There are three endpoints for managing the artists and other users that a user follows:
Like all of our Web API endpoints, the new endpoints are fully documented in ourEndpoint Reference documentation.
Search for Popular Playlists
We’ve also recently added popular public playlists as targets for oursearch endpoint. The new playlist search returns results where the query keywords match any part of the playlist’s name (or description if it has one). Try it out this new search in our API Console.
See How It’s Done: Playlist Miner
The new playlist search is surprisingly effective and opens up new landscapes for app development. Paul Lamere of our Echo Nest division has used playlist search to create an innovative app that can build a custom playlist based on the tastes of hundreds of other Spotify users.
Paul’s Playlist Miner finds popular playlists that match a supplied keyword, analyzes up to 1000 of those playlists, and creates an entirely new playlist of the top 100 found songs. It is simple to save the new playlist to your Spotify account. Try it out with keywords like “workout” or “easy listening”.
The source code for Playlist Miner is available on GitHub.
The Spotify Platform Team