Today on-demand music service Spotify launched one dozen new third-party apps within its desktop application. Some of the apps -- much like those that launched months ago -- forge radio-like experiences out of Spotify's massive music collection.
For example, Filtr (pictured) can create an instant line-up of music based on what music your Facebook friends like. TweetVine does the same for Twitter (based on the #nowplaying tag). Another app, Digster, offers playlists based on moods, artists, genres and other criteria. Others like The Legacy Of offer a range curated playlists.
Some record labels, including Warner, Domino and Matador, launched apps for Spotify as well, some of which include "expertly curated playlists," too.
Essentially, most of these new apps can create hours-long, instant line-ups of music for users to listen to within Spotify. They turn the service into a lean-back experience and steer listeners towards new music discoveries in the same way traditional radio has for years.
Spotify launched its first round of third-party apps in December 2011 (RAIN coverage here). Jennifer Lane wrote then in Audio4Cast: "Spotify becomes an on-demand service AND an endless number of interesting, programmed and curated channels with this move."
Spotify users listened to more than 1,500 years' worth of music in the first round of apps during the three months after their launch, the company has stated.