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!

In the making: better list management

News December 25th, 2009 @ 12:12

I’ve received quite a lot of feedback on Spotiseek so far. It seems like people in general really like the idea of finding new Spotify music, which is a good step in the right direction.

One of the most requested features is the possibility to add more tracks to the generated mixtape/playlist, i.e. more of the same artists or more tracks from other similar artists. I’m working on improving the list management, in order to meet your requirements and hope to have an updated version out soon.

As usual, any feedback is more than welcome!

Find new Spotify music with Spotiseek

News December 15th, 2009 @ 21:12

And we’re off!

I felt that the possibilities to find new Spotify music were a bit limited, and can’t really say that the existing playlist sites match my needs. So I figured I’d give it a stab myself!

We’re now live with the first version of Spotiseek, a tool that helps you find new Spotify music. The basic idea is to let you search by music that you already know of, and get suggestions of new artists and tracks, that you might or might not know of.

How it works

Here’s a short description how it works:

  1. Go to www.spotiseek.com
  2. Type the name of an artist you like, e.g. Coldplay
  3. A playlist is generated by picking tracks from artist similar to the one you searched
  4. Drag the image on the playlist’s top right to one of your playlists in Spotify (or to the “New playlist” item)
  5. Enjoy your new music!

“But what about this.. and that!”

Bear in mind that this is an all new product, and that there still are some technical limitations on the behalf of Spotify API, e.g. easier creation of playlists and the allowed number of simultaneous users of the search. I’m sure this’ll improve further on, though.

Spotiseek will be improved and more functionality will be added continuously. These are some of the ideas that have come up this far:

  • share playlist with others via Facebook or such
  • more control of the playlist, i.e. remove certain artists, tracks etc
  • possibility to like or dislike artists/tracks
  • uploading/sharing of other playlists
  • improved and extended toplist features
  • more info and details about artists, tracks and albums
  • Swedish language support

You’re welcome to share any other thoughts, comments or suggest new/improved features – feel free to drop a comment or two!