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Spotify Removes Third-Party DJ Software, But Welcomes Podcast App Developers

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By Andy Malt | Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Spotify gives and Spotify leaves. The streaming company has launched a new API for third-party podcast apps, but is cutting third-party DJ apps at the same time.

In a statement posted on its website, Algoriddim – maker of leading DJ djay software, which also allows people to mix with music ripped from streaming services – says that Spotify is cutting it and other similar apps later this year. summer.

“In 2014, we introduced the integration of streaming into the djay community, a feature that has had a profound impact on DJing as a whole,” the company writes. “Today, streaming has become an integral part of almost all DJ products with new streaming service providers breaking new ground in the space for aspiring DJs and professional DJs. As far as Spotify in djay is concerned, it was a great journey, but soon it will be time to say goodbye ”.

He continues: “As of July 1, 2020, Spotify will no longer be playable through third-party DJ applications. You will still be able to use Spotify in djay until the end of June 2020. In the meantime, we’ve introduced new streaming services that will allow you to keep mixing all the great music you love, and give you extended access to new content and features ”.

The company also offers the option to migrate existing mixes that use Spotify to SoundCloud or Tidal. So if you were going to hone your DJ skills while in lockdown and then launch a new career when clubs reopen, you still have options. But you should probably also buy downloads.

It’s not entirely clear why Spotify is withdrawing support for DJ apps – the streaming company is keeping a low profile on the subject. This could be due to licensing issues – technically, if you use Spotify in public, the terms and conditions of a personal Spotify account won’t cover this. Although you would think it would have taken less than six years to figure it out. And that doesn’t explain why SoundCloud and Tidal apparently allow it.

Spotify has also experimented with auto-mixing some playlists in the past, so they may have their own product in the works.

Maybe Spotify also wants more bandwidth for podcasts. I don’t know if you’ve heard it, but podcasts are the thing right now. So, while DJ apps are removed, podcast apps are largely cut. Spotify has announced the launch of a new API for developers to build podcast apps on top of Spotify’s library. Because licenses and royalties are things that the podcast world most often misses, so why not tap into it?

“The new podcast API will work similarly to our music-related APIs by allowing developers to create unique experiences for listeners who leverage all public data – and in this case podcast-related – on Spotify,” says the company in a blog post. “It means access to the titles, description and art of shows and episodes. It will also allow developers to programmatically search Spotify’s catalog of over 700,000 podcasts and retrieve information about shows and episodes ”.

TL; DR – DJs, boo! Podcasts, yeah!

LEARN MORE ABOUT: djay Pro | Spotify