Apps Inside Spotify

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They say there’s no place like home, and we couldn’t agree more. So, we’ve updated Spotify’s mobile and tablet Home screens to be your ultimate go-to location to access content you love, as well as discover something new.

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Starting today, when audio lovers open up their Spotify mobiles or tablet apps, they’ll be greeted with a refreshed user interface that allows them to quickly jump back into familiar content. Simply tap to access the podcast you stream each morning, the playlist you always tune into during your workout, or the album you’ve been playing on repeat all week. It’s a dedicated space at the top of Home to quickly and easily access your familiar music and podcasts.

As you may notice throughout your day, the screen and content change along with your schedule, welcoming you with a “Good morning” and transitioning into “Good afternoon,” and even “Good evening” as daylight wanes.

Beneath these six recommendations is a space where you’ll find your top podcasts, “made for you” playlists, recommendations for new discoveries based on your listening, and more. All in, the new Spotify Home does the hard work for you, making it easier than ever to find something to listen to—whether a long-time favorite or brand-new discovery.

Get to know the new Spotify Home with the video below.

With more than 15 million songs on Spotify, deciding what to listen to can be overwhelming. This list highlights the best Spotify apps for discovering new music, reading album reviews and exploring the social buzz of emerging bands.

What's your favorite app on Spotify right now? Let us know in the comments section below.

Apps Inside Spotify

1. Fuse

Best for: Creative playlists The Fuse Spotify app is a perfect resource for curated playlists. With a gorgeous, image-heavy layout, the app is fun to use and very visually appealing. Fuse's 'What We're Listening To' playlist features over 200 tracks and is updated by staff members daily. You probably won't find new songs with this app, but you will enjoy the creative approach Fuse takes when compiling its playlists, such as 'This Niles Rodgers Playlist is Like the History of Disco and Dance,' 'The Daft Punk Samples Playlist' and 'Single Ladies: The Best One-Named Female Singers.'

2. Blue Note

Best for: Perusing classic jazz songs Blue Note is an essential Spotify app for jazz enthusiasts. The app features more than 70 years of music. Its interactive timeline and filters let you customize your browsing selection. 'View' or 'Read More' links bring you to a landing page with historical context and profiles of contributing artists. 'Add as Playlist' and 'Share' buttons make the interactive experience social, too.

3. TuneWiki

Best for: Looking up lyrics Say goodbye to those '[song name] +lyrics' Google searches. The TuneWiki Spotify app generates lyrics for whatever track you're listening to, and then as the music plays, it automatically bolds the current line. The app struggles with more experimental music like Dillon Francis and XXYYXX; since the words are so muddled, it simply says: [Instrumental] (Instrumental) {Instrumental} And I have to admit, I appreciated the creativity in conveying the different sets of instrumentals.

4. Emerge

Best for: Tracking social buzz of emerging artists The Emerge Spotify app uses data visualization to track new artists you care about. While most apps on the Internet try to cater to Millennials' notoriously short attention spans, Emerge takes a more long-term approach: It tracks social buzz and Spotify activity of 10 upcoming artists over a six-week period.

5. Pitchfork

Best for: Alternative music discovery Pitchfork's publication is exceptional for finding new music, so it's no surprise that its Spotify app is equally helpful. You can browse album reviews in three ways: an all-inclusive stream, the best new albums, or Pitchfork-made playlists. Each album listed comes with a numerical rating, an 'Add as Playlist' option, and a 'Share Album' option, as well as a full-length, Pitchfork-style album review.

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6. Rolling Stone Recommends

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Best for: Reading reviews of new releases The Rolling Stone Spotify app works hard in all the right places. The interface is hassle-free and the album and song reviews are hosted directly on Spotify. A large selection of the playlists are curated by top artists, from David Guetta to Tom Petty.

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