In my previous Branch thread, several of you expressed your love for specific Spotify apps. I'd love to hear more about your favorite apps and why you like them.
I just found Swarm, which I like (though admittedly, I've only played with it a tiny bit).
I haven't looked at a lot of others. I have NME and Pitchfork, but those just give me reviews. I have We Are Hunted, which is a decent discovery app, but there doesn't seem to be a lot there that I couldn't get anywhere else.
There's an iOS app that I really like called Band of the Day. It's very slick and an excellent discovery method. I would love to see something like it in Spotify. (Though for all I know, there is something like it.)
A Spotify version of Band of the Day would be cool. I have not seen one yet. The simplicity of that app feeds into its appeal. I also use Swarm.fm and find it to have lots of useful features. I love that it reads your library and shows where the holes are.
Have you used that feature? There are a few flaws, like that it lists far too many random songs and albums, but its good.
I'm somewhat surprised that you enjoy the label apps. I always viewed them as unnecessary bloatware, brought about by label pressure, that would never have much use for normal people. So few labels have a brand and a sound that people care about.
Is there anything specific about Soundrop that you love? To me, it sounds more dynamic, less static.
I haven't really spent too much time playing with Spotify's apps, just because I've been skeptical that I actually will use a lot of the ones I've looked at -- but I use the Last.fm one a lot. It's nice to have their recommendations and your tracks scrobbled right in Spotify.
I do think Spotify's long term success could be hugely dependent of the development of apps -- since the program doesn't really even have an actual homepage, and the what's new page is pretty limited, good apps could really enhance it.
Definitely MusicXmatch or TuneWiki when I'm in a karaoke-wanna-sing mood.
I also like Rolling Stone Recommends, it's nice to have playlists or albums reviews from the magazine directly in Spotify so you can quickly listen to the songs they talk about.
Finally, one of my favorites : Filtr. Filtr is an app that takes the artists, genres, songs, facebook friends/events that you submits and tries to create a playlist based on these informations. It's a nice way to discover similar songs to the one you like.
The instant playlist feature in We are Hunted is pretty good, at least I found it better than Spotify's own radio (and it makes a playlist, so you can edit it). Was also handy for me recently when needed to make an evening's playlist for a friend's party at fairly short notice but didn't want to trust the radio feature.
Which app has the best if-you-like-this-then-you-might-like-this feature?
I was going to suggest Classify, but I see Jeff has pipped me to the post. That said, it can't hurt to have a +1 - it's incredibly slick, and makes discovering classical music incredibly easy - by composer, by era, and instrument. The latest update has added curated content, in a similar vein to Ulysses' Classical.
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch