Spotify Gets Pandora-Style Web Interface Called ‘Echofi’ | Underwire |


Millions of prayers have just been answered. Spotify has been granted a Pandora-esque web radio interface called Echofi. But not by the company itself — it’s been built by coder Andy Smith, who’s also the brains behind Spotibot.

It’s glorious in its simplicity. You go, type in the name of a band you like, hit play, and it’ll keep playing music that’s similar to that band until you tell it to stop. The recommendations are supplied by Echo Nest’s API.

“After Spotify launched in the U.S., a lot of people were lamenting the lack of artist radio (which has since been re-implemented) and comparing it directly — if unfairly — to Pandora,” Smith told “Reading this, I couldn’t see a reason why you couldn’t give some extended control to Spotify. Playlists are great, but they are finite. The joy of set-and-forget systems is you can do just that. Radio is a constant background, with the occasional ‘I love this song!’ and ‘I hate this song!’ What I want to do is use those moments to drive the station into something where you’ll never experience the latter.”

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