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Apps are coming to Spotify

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The folks behind Spotify held a press conference on Wednesday to announce that the popular music streaming service will be opening up its doors to developers and new partners. In other words? Apps — and an app store — are coming to Spotify.

The initial batch of apps will be offered by Rolling Stone, Last.fm, Billboard and other Spotify partners. Some examples of what we'll see include curated playlists, lyrics, music discovery, concert listings, articles, reviews and more.

Spotify will call its app store the "App Finder" and — similarly to Apple — will require developers to submit apps for approval before they're made available to users. 

Oh, and it's not just third-parties who are bringing new features to the service. Spotify intends to offer new tools as well, including a Facebook-style "ticker" that will show you what your friends are listening to in real time. (Yes, that may sound familiar to Facebook users.)

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