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It shocked me to. Here is a quote from the developer.spotify.com:
As Spotify evolves and priorities change, we sometimes have to remove APIs from active development and shift focus to the relevant platforms. With the new APIs and SDKs now available we are phasing out Spotify Apps support from the desktop client. In the upcoming version you will no longer be able to run third-party applications within the desktop client. This means the App Finder and apps inside the desktop client will no longer be available. The update will gradually roll out from today, starting with a smaller percentage of new and existing users, with the majority of our existing users receiving the update early in 2015. On 1 February 2015, Spotify Apps will no longer be available for end users.
Please guys, we need all of your support! None of us wants the app (/finder) to be removed, so have a look at the following submission in our ideas exchange and leave your kudos + comments over there to support it!!
Thanks for the link, interesting article, also the links inside of it to other ones:
I can confirm that e.g. the Last.fm for Spotify app is still used today after three years, the official support group saw a rise in members from about 300 to 1,000 in the last year. Probably much more users installed it without becoming a group member since Last.fm stopped their own radio streaming on April 28th, 2014. If you do a search in the Spotify desktop software for "last.fm", you can find many playlists generated with that app as well, either recommended albums or similar / most played / loved / recently played tracks. And in the last weeks the app was constantly #3 in the Top Apps of the App Finder. Lazify is another app based on the Last.fm database, by the way, generating similar tracks playlists.
Last but not least it could easily fill the gap in personalised recommendations that will occur if Spotify really abandons the Discover section in their software which they are testing at the moment.