Time for some news on what we have been working on recently!
Collaborative Playlists Now Supported in Our Web API
Many of you have requested that collaborative playlists should be supported in the Spotify Web API. Our developers have worked hard on making this happen and we recently released a new scope; playlist-read-collaborative. With this, you can:
Read your collaborative playlists
- Add tracks to collaborative playlists that you own
- Reorder and remove tracks in collaborative playlists that you own
- Change the details of collaborative playlists that you own
You can try this out yourself, using our Web API Console. Find out more on Using Scopes and Collaborative Playlists.
In the past month we’ve been making further improvements to our Web API and our mobile SDKs. We have a new guide covering authorization options for the Android SDK, three new Web API endpoints, a modification that allows tracks to be linked to alternatives according to the users market, and several other updates. Let’s take a look… (more…)
Recently we attended a massive hackathon at the University of Pennsylvania from January 16-18, where high-level student technology creators from around the globe made some amazing things using APIs including those of Spotify and subsidiary The Echo Nest. (more…)
Add Follow Features to Your Apps
The Spotify 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:
We are pleased to announce that we’ve removed distribution restrictions on all apps built with the Spotify iOS SDK and Spotify Android SDK. Yes, you can now distribute your creations via app stores! (more…)
Our new showcase shows some of the latest applications built with our tools.
The last few months we’ve been busy making great APIs and SDKs for developers. Now we want to give developers a chance to show their own creations at our website. The new Spotify Developer Showcase provides a high-profile location for app developers to show their wares.
It’s also a great place to check out the types of applications that are already being built on the Spotify Web API, the Spotify iOS SDK, and our other tools. Several of the featured applications are open source, meaning if you like the idea, you can download the code straight away and start improving on it.
The showcase also displays some of the applications created by our commercial partners, as well as a selection of our more popular demo applications.
We’ll be updating the showcase regularly to ensure it displays the very best in music apps from around the globe. Use our submission form if you would like to submit your own app for consideration for inclusion in the Showcase.
Help Your Users Discover New Music
The Browse feature within Spotify helps users discover new music by showing them new album releases and curated playlists. Now we’ve added two endpoints to our Web API to make it easy for your applications to retrieve these recommended items.
The endpoints are Get a List of Featured Playlists and Get a List of New Releases. Both endpoints accept an optional country parameter to allow you to filter the returned items to those that are relevant to a particular country.
We have prepared a demo so you can see it in action, and we have also added it to Thirtify, our sample web player that uses the Web API.
We’ve published a new beta release of our Android SDK to GitHub.
In this new release you now get player state with every player event, and the player state contains information about the currently playing track and its duration.Instead of keeping a copy of the player state from native player inside Player object,
getPlayerState() is now asynchronous and requires a callback. (more…)
We’ve made it even easier to try out requests to our Web API by adding an interactive console to our developer website. Now you can quickly test endpoint calls and see results without needing to implement calls in code. Using the console should help speed up the development of your application. (more…)
We’re happy to announce the release of iOS SDK Beta 5 (Release Candidate) with a number of new features and bug fixes. You can read more about the iOS SDK on the Spotify Developer Site and download it from the spotify/ios-sdk GitHub repo.