We had to work through an issue with Spotify this week. There seems to have been a change in Spotify’s protocols that wasn’t publicized, which seems to have happened before. We’ve run into issues with Pandora in the past.
For both, we use unofficial open libraries to access the services. We really wish they’d support official open libraries (Spotify used to) that would make it easy for the millions of open developers in the world to access their services. We make sure to remind them of the Communities they’re missing out on when we can.
We’ve reached out many times to try gaining official support from these and others, and won’t stop working for official support. We see people using Spotify and Pandora in skill metrics, so clearly people are using the skills. But we also see suggestions for Google Play Music and Logitech Squeezebox support. There’s the Internet Radio Skill, and a skill for your Emby Server.
But, what does the whole Community really want for music on Mycroft? Obviously, one solution won’t work for everyone, but having a good ranking of what the Community wants will help us focus on the most impactful and desireable platforms.
Eric has played a number of roles at Mycroft, including executive support, sales and biz dev, marketing, analytics, and donut guy.
His favorite thing to do is man the demo booth at events and meet the Community.