As of today, Spotify is no longer accepting app submissions for its App Finder (read the announcement here). App Finder is the music streaming service’s directory for third-party apps that work within its desktop client. Existing apps that are compatible with the system (API 1.x) will not be affected. This may seem like bad news, but it isn’t.
Instead, Spotify is focusing on its fastest-growing segment, mobile streaming. So far, few details have been given, but the popular music app is focusing on a mobile SDK for third-party integration and is simultaneously extending its current Web API. This means the current API will be less limited and the new SDK will allow mobile developers to work with the Spotify platform. Both things everyone would like to see.
Current apps in the Spotify platform attest to its popularity as Spotify has garnered larger and larger shares of the music streaming public. Apps like Last.fm, musiXmatch, Rolling Stone and others tell anyone interested that Spotify is one of the places to be if you’re doing music.
The note from Spotify itself makes it clear that mobile is where it’s at. They’ve said this for some time, but opened the desktop app API because it was easier, worked well as a test bed, and had a large user audience willing to get on board.
“Partners have been asking us for a cheaper and easier way to own a presence inside Spotify and developers would like more ways to integrate Spotify with their own applications,” writes Spotify. “Pair that with the growing importance of mobile and we realized we needed to adapt.” .. “Over the coming months we’ll be adding new features for partners in Spotify and expanding the features of our Web API, as well as releasing new mobile SDKs.”