IFTTT Adds Spotify And Shows Just How Passionate Music Lovers Are
August 4, 2015
One of my favorite websites is IFTTT, which stands for "If This Then That." IFTTT allows you to connect your online apps to perform tasks. For example, you can set up IFTTT to perform these functions:
- If you take a photo with Instagram, then save it to your Dropbox account
- If you post a link on Facebook, then save it to an Evernote notebook
- If there's a new listing that meets your search criteria on Craigslist, then send yourself an email
- If the forecast calls for rain tomorrow, then send yourself a text message
IFTTT calls each of these tasks "recipes," and the online apps that it works with are "channels." With over 200 different channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, Wordpress, Pinterest, eBay, Reddit, and more, you can create hundreds of different recipes. You can even automate tasks with major media brands, including The New York Times, NPR, Sports Illustrated, Buzz Feed, ESPN, People, Entertainment Weekly, and InStyle.
Several connected car apps are also IFTTT channels, including Automatic, Dash, Mojio, and Zubie. These allow you to automatically email your mechanic when the check engine light comes on, log your driving trips in a Google spreadsheet, or turn on your house lights when you get home.
This month, IFTTT added two new music channels: Spotify and Deezer. These come in addition to the existing Soundcloud and Last.fm channels. Now you can automatically tweet when you favorite a new song on Spotify, or set your phone's wallpaper to your favorite album cover on Deezer. In fact, IFTTT has compiled a list of their best "Recipes for Music Lovers."
As you can see, fans are finding ways to interact with music that go way beyond simply listening. For many people, music is not just a passive background experience, but something that they are passionate about and want to wrap themselves in. The internet is providing new ways to do that.