Here’s the third in a series of posts about the nominees for The Spotties. We’ve already covered the nominees for Best URL Tool and Best Remote Control. Now it’s time to look at the candidates for the Best Playlist Generator or Converter.
A new addition to the Spotify community, Ivy is a playlist converter that converts from an iTunes library file (.xml), text or CSV files. When creating a playlist, you can select whether to include only original artists (i.e. no cover versions) as well is filtering based on the country tracks are playable in. Once the Spotify playlist is generated, simply click the icon to copy the tracks then paste into Spotify. The Ivy website also includes a demo video.
Developer Coen is busy working on updates to enable imports from YouTube, LastFM and XSPF.
Listify converts an Itunes library (.txt) into a Spotify playlist – purrfect!
Another new addition, Playlistify.org converts (or “bakes” as they call it) from a variety of formats into Spotify playlists. It supports iTunes, text, and Winamp/media-playlist (.m3u) formatted files as well as converting playlists from Last.fm and YouTube. There’s also a Playlist Directory that tracks all recently uploaded playlists and a URL shortening service.
Also new to the community, SpotMySongs converts from iTunes (.txt), text, and Winamp/media-playlist (.m3u) formatted files. You can tick the “share list” option to get a URL on spotmysongs.com to share the generated playlist.
Spotibot Playlist Generator
Fusing recommendations from Last.fm’s Audioscrobbler with Spotify’s metadata API, the Spotibot Playlist Generator has recently had an upgrade and makeover. Use it to create a playlist of tracks from bands that are similar to an artist you specify. To generate a playlist, you enter the band’s name then select how many tracks you want (from 5 to 30). Tick the checkbox to bias towards more popular songs then click the Generate button.
You can also generate a playlist based on a Last.fm username: enter your username then select either Last.fm Recommendations or Loved tracks. Click the Generate button for your Last.fm playlist, which you can then drag and drop into Spotify.
Each generated playlist is unique (i.e. generate again for a new selection of tracks) and you can easily add and remove tracks from or to the playlist.
Spotifitunes maps your iTunes library to Spotify to create a personal list of artists. To setup, just upload a file from iTunes which the site then analyses and creates an alphabetical smartlist of all your artists in iTunes. Click a letter to expand the list then click an artist’s name to search for that artist in Spotify.
SpotifiTunes was offline for bit, but developer Phil Nash has worked through the night to get it up and running again!
Spotiseek helps you find new music by generating playlists based on artists you specify. You can prioritize popular tracks and easily add more artists or replace some or all tracks. The generated “mixtape” includes artist photos and a link to drag-and-drop the playlist into Spotify. Popular artist searches are listed on the homepage and the site also includes Pitchifork and Metacritic.com review links (from which you can generate Spotiseek Mixtapes) and dedicated blog and support areas.
Spotiseek has been redesigned recently to better focus on generating mixtapes and ease-of-use, and developer Kristofer promises even more new features and updates soon.
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