Spotiseek gets new and more focused design

News February 24th, 2010 @ 21:02

I’m very pleased to announce the new design of Spotiseek, your favorite Spotify mixtape generator!

Even since I started off with Spotiseek, the goal has been to provide users with great ways of finding new music for Spotify. The main feature has always been the “mixtape generator”, allowing you to create mixtapes of new music based on an artist you know of.
Along the way, I’ve tried both simple Charts and Album reviews, but I feel that none of them are really suitable for Spotiseek, at least not in their current design.

Better focus on what it does best

I’ve come to the conclusion that the main focus of Spotiseek should remain the mixtape generator, but with additional features allowing you to create new and even more exciting mixtapes!

So there are a few major changes with the new design:

Metacritics’ reviews

As I mentioned, the album reviews weren’t really right for Spotiseek. Instead of the plain reviews, I’m using Metacritics‘ awesome Metascore to provide rated artists from which you can create exciting mixtapes with a single click!
The most recently rated artists (available in your country) are displayed on the front page, with even more Rated Artists available from the menu.

Better design of front page

The front-page design has been pretty much the same since day one. I’ve felt for a while that it’s not really doing its best in providing you the info you need to find more music. So there’s been a few changes, with a more prominent search area, as well as the most popular searched artists listed on the right and the Metacritic Rated Artists below.

Charts are out the window… for now.

The charts didn’t really do much in its previous format, so they’ve been dropped for now. They might return in the future, but in a better and more helpful format.

Design puts more focus on the task

I’ve done a few slight changes to the visual experience, in order to put more focus on the tasks and the more important content of Spotiseek.

More good stuff to come

But this isn’t the end! I’ll keep improving Spotiseek and a few of the changes to come are:

  • easier use of the mixtape interface, and adding of tracks to Spotify
  • even better design and layout
  • possibly a more extensive Rated Artists section (should you want it)
  • … and even more!

Get what you want

As always, I’m very interested in hearing your thoughts on the redesign. Do you like it? Are you missing something? What do you want more? Please do leave feedback, no matter if it’s praises or criticism.

Thank you for using Spotiseek and I hope you’ll enjoy the new and improved version!

New support community at Get Satisfaction

News January 19th, 2010 @ 16:01

Thank you for all your feedback!

After getting a bunch of feedback as comments to the blog Feedback page, I noticed that it was kind of tricky to keep track of and answer all suggestions. So I opened a support community for Spotiseek over at Get Satisfaction instead.

Feedback form added

I’ve also added a feedback form to the new feedback page, where you can post Ideas, Questions, Problems or Praises. The most popular ideas are also displayed on the feedback page.

Of course, you could visit the Get Satisfaction community pages and post comments over there, should you like.

Signing up is easy!

You need to sign up in order to post comments at Get Satisfaction, but this is no challenge as you can connect it to your Facebook, Google, Twitter, Windows Live or OpenID account. Easy, right?

Please keep giving feedback, no matter if it’s positive or negative. Thank you!

New and improved mixtape interface released

News January 11th, 2010 @ 09:01

The new version of the mixtape interface is now live. My main goals with the new interface is to 1) provide a stable foundation for me to keep improving and 2) make the interface easier and more powerful to manage.

What’s changed in the new version

You might notice that the layout has changed, as well as the addition of a few new features:

  • the mixtape now consists of 16 tracks by default
  • possibility to add more artists (“New artists” button on the right)
  • possibility to reload all tracks from the chosen set of artists (“Get new tracks” button on the right)
  • artists can be removed one by one

The possibility to prioritize popular tracks is temporarily disabled, due to technical reasons. I’ll be looking to restore it as soon as possible…

Also make sure to try out the Spotiseek search engine plugin, allowing you to create mixtapes on the fly by using your browser’s search input.

More feedback wanted

I will of course keep improving the service all the time and your feedback is still wanted. Please leave feedback, be it criticism, suggestions or praises. I’m all ears!