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!

Metacritic album reviews make it to Spotiseek

News January 20th, 2010 @ 08:01

I’m always looking for new ways of helping you find new music for Spotify. There are of course a number ways of doing this, where the ‘similar artists mixtape’ and the top lists were my first attempts.

Enter, album reviews

Yesterday, I added the first set of album reviews to Spotiseek. The reviews are collected from the great review site Metacritic.
Metacritic use up to 45 sources for their music reviews, such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Billboard. All these sources make up to a rating called Metascore (0-100) of the album, giving you a good understanding of what the critics thought of it.

More improvements to come

The album review section at Spotiseek is – as you might notice – an early version, and only displays reviews added the past few days. There will be a lot of improvements made on this area, such as improving the style and layout of the reviews (e.g. add album cover) and presenting more reviews from the past.

(Please note that you can only see reviews of albums available in Spotify in your country.)

Do you like the idea?

I hope you’ll like the idea of album reviews on Spotiseek – I’m as usual very interested in hearing your thoughts on this.

Keep your eyes open for more Spotiseek improvements ahead! :-)