Spotify Playlist Site Awards 2009

UPDATE: Check-out the playlist sharing site winners in the Spotify Community Site Awards!

Back at the end of February, I blogged a Playlist Site Awards post where I reviewed and rated each Spotify playlist site. A lot has happened in the past 4 months (including one playlist site that has come to dominate in the UK), so I thought it might be a good time for a 2nd Playlist Site Awards post.

Most Number of Playlists – ShareMyPlaylists

In four short months ShareMyPlaylists has come along and trounced the competition, providing double the number of playlists as #2 site spotifyfriends.

After some initial hosting issues, ShareMyPlaylists is now a fast and reliable site that’s seen a number of new features added since launch.

Listiply came out top last time, but it’s now slipped down to 4th place with just under 1,000 playlists. Spotyshare retains 3rd place, thanks to it now listing over twice as many playlists as before.

Most Features – Spotyshare

 

Spotyshare retains the title of playlist site with the most features, and with the 3rd largest selection of playlists, it’s certainly a contender for playlist site of the year. As well as all the features present in all other sites, Spotyshare also has a forum, community section, billboard charts, top lists, and an advanced search. I’m still disappointed though that the site requires lots of personal details to register, so if you’re keen on your privacy you may want to be careful what details you supply.


I rated each site based on the following features:

  • Could you upload cover Art, were there genres, can you search, can you view by user, can you login, is there any voting system, can you comment, and does the site count playlist views

This gave a maximum possible score of 8. Two sites had heaps more features that none of the others had, so they both scored bonus points. Interestingly only three sites recorded how many times the playlist was played (the “Counts View” feature appeared on Specifyspot, spotify*playlists, and SpotyShare), while almost every site had some kind of genre feature and comments system.

totalspotify came a very close second (it’s unfortunate that they’ve still to recover from their ISP’s disastrous loss of data), while former #2 site spotifyfriends slips slightly to joint 5th place.

Easiest to Use – Spotylist

Spotty Bill’s site Spotylist retains top spot in the ease-of-use chart: it simply is the easiest and quickest playlist site to both upload to and navigate.

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Most Promising – SpotifyLinks

SpotifyLinks is a playlist site which includes a couple of unique and innovative features. Firstly it has dashboard widgets for both Mac and (via Netvibes) PC which provide a real-time update on the latest playlists added to the site (YourSpotify was the only other playlist site to offer this feature).

UPDATE: Check-out the playlist sharing site winners in the Spotify Community Site Awards!

  • Adrian

    Regarding the mobile version of Spotify Links:

    They are using the awsome WordPress plugin WP-touch" by Brave New Code but removed the credit.

    Not so cool if you ask me (unless the donated to BNC).

  • Kris

    Hi Adrian thanks for your feedback. I am from Spotify Links and would like to address the issue you brought up regarding the wp-touch plugin. It is correct that we removed the credit from the footer of the iphone website. This was a desision based from a security point of veiw. Our site, like alot of other Spotify Playlist sites all run similar software implemented in different ways. For example ShareMyPlaylists, SpotifyPlaylits, YourSpotify and many more all use the same backend software. It makes no sence to advertise publically what software you are using. We have moved the credit and placed on the about us page on the site to prevent bots automatially searching for the generic credit tag and exploiting any vunerabilities some open source code may have. It is not a fool proof method, we know there are other ways e.g by looking into the code ect. Altough it is a small step we have taken and found effective in other web properties we own. Our intention is not to discredit the origional authors of the software. Where possible we seek to credit them elsewere on the site.

  • Anonymous

    What about Transition Stokify?
    http://www.transition.se/stokify

  • eurockeennes

    Spotwitfy… soon 5000 playlists

  • Spotilinks

    Hi afront,
    and thank you for this useful benchmark.

    As I was quite disappointed that my site (http://www.spotilinks.co.uk) was not the winner of your "Most features" award, I wanted to claim its specificities.

    Spotilinks aims at being a "social web application" for Spotify users.
    Each member of the community can use his personal board (a unique web page) to :
    – manage all the playlists, albums and audioposts he has shared (with other members) or selected (from other members)
    – automatically receive (like with RSS feeds) the playlists, albums and audioposts that were recently related to the genres, members or audioblogs he has subscribed to

    This is then meant to be much more useful than common WordPress sites to manage and discover Spotify URIs.

    Besides, I would like to explain my position on the features you rated :
    – cover art : legal issues + too demanding for the uploader. I chose a non-graphic approach to reach effectiveness (only links such as Craigslist…)
    – genres : this is a major browsing criteria. I also use "moods".
    – search : you can search for playlists, but also for artists, albums, members and audioposts
    – view by user : from each playlist, you can reach member's board to discover/listen his music collection…and eventually subscribe to his publications and selections
    – login : this is necessary to enjoy your personal board ; but all playlists are reachable without registration
    – voting system : I choose not to offer this feature which is, in my opinion, a musical non-sense. Indeed, I will not find my playlists from a mathematical average rank among all users but rather get suggestions from the members whose musical tastes are close to mine (either from subscription or from browsing to the members who created or selected a playlist)
    – counting views : I also think this is a bad key indicator. 1st : why would I want to hear the most heard playlists. 2nd : As you don't know the content of the playlist before opening its Spotify URI, those click counters do neither measure the numbers of "play" nor the quality of the playlist (whereas on Spotilinks, each member can listent to a playlist and, if he liked it, "select" it to store it in his personnal board)
    – comment : I removed this feature to simplify the user interface (focusing on browsing, selecting and subscribing features…)

    Don't get me wrong : I did not want to complain but just to make sure you understood the powerfull features behind the rather unsexy look of Spotilinks.

    I recently modified the user interface to make it more straightforward. I also added the "audioposts" feature that lets users discover and follow musical blogs that suit their tastes.

    Feel free to have a try and provide feedback.

    Cheers,
    Mike from Spotilinks
    http://www.spotilinks.co.uk
    http://www.spotilinks.fr

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  • Linda

    I think you forgot to mention http://www.myspotify.com, they currently have 5680 playlists.

  • Thanks Linda, I don’t think MySpotify was around when I wrote this post back in June but it’ll certainly be included in the forthcoming 3rd Playlist Site Awards!

  • Looks like I was a little slow of the mark with:

    http://www.myplaylistisbetterthanyours.com/

    Are you planning on having any future Awards?

  • I hope so Adam! The Spotties seemed to go down well so hopefully we’ll run that again next year.

  • Job

    Dutch playlists can be found at http://www.spoty.nl

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  • Powilas

    What about spotify house playlists sharing website http://www.spotifymusicsolutions.com ? not like most of the playlists sharing websites spotifymusicsolutions.com playlists are specific and oriented  just to house music and few other electronic music gendres.

  • Thanks for the link! Sorry, missed it when you mentioned the site before. I’ll be sure to add this to the Resources pages.

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