RetroFuzz works with Sony Music on One Direction Spotify App

The pop music fans amongst you might have noticed that One Direction have recently launched a Spotify app to their adoring public across 14 countries worldwide. Well you guessed it, it’s another one of ours! We’ve been working with the folks over at Sony Music UK to get this one finished and we’re really happy with it. Here’s a link for you…

And here’s a quick rundown of the features on there…

An interactive map of One Direction playlists that allows users to listen to what they boys are listening to as they travel the world. Users can also listen to the music the boys were listening to when they were in the X Factor house, providing the first real insight into their taste in music.

1D fans can submit their own playlists to the band by logging in with Facebook or Twitter. Lucky fans will have their playlists featured on the 1D Map alongside the band’s.

This page enables the fans to listen to the brand new album from One Direction directly within the app, as well as listen to the entire One Direction back catalog.

Users can flick through the scattered polaroids submitted by One Direction fans from around the world.

So as you can see, it’s a veritable feast for One Direction fans all over the world, and we can’t wait to see how it’s received by their fanbase. We’re sure to see it rocketing up the Spotify App Finder charts over the next few days.


Blue Note Records partners with RetroFuzz to launch Spotify App

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Blue Note Records and EMI Music North America have this week launched the Blue Note Records Spotify app in conjunction with Manchester based creative agency RetroFuzz. The agency was appointed by the legendary jazz label after a three way pitch to design and develop the app in its entirety.

The Blue Note Spotify app utilises the wealth of seminal music and iconic photography that forms the label’s vast catalog, providing users with a curated journey through the history of the world’s greatest jazz label.

Amongst other functionality the app features the following sections:

  • Timeline features every release made by Blue Note Records and allows the user to browse the entire Blue Note back catalog, with filtering options for instruments, sector and years.
  • Artists features a list of every single Blue Note artist ever released, with photographs, biographies and links to relevant releases, as well as links to other similar artists from the Blue Note catalog.
  • Blue Note 101 gives an overview to the many facets of the world of jazz allowing users to easily discover music suited to them.
  • Blue Note Break Beats sees the first implementation of on Spotify, allowing users to discover which Blue Note recordings have been sampled, and listen to the subsequent recordings that were created instantly.

"RetroFuzz have been a pleasure to work with throughout this project," said Walter Gross, Senior Director of Digital Strategy for EMI Music North America. "Here at Blue Note we care so much about our catalog that finding an agency that respected that and could work with us on our level was of utmost importance. Their combined passion for music and technology is obvious and feels like a true asset when working alongside them. They’re always willing to take feedback and ideas on board and put forward creative solutions, and they’ve been unwavering in their efforts to deliver this app for us. We’re delighted with the outcome."

RetroFuzz have built a strong relationship with Spotify since the initial launch of their app platform in late 2011 and have worked on a number of other currently available apps, including NOW That’s What I Call Music! (number two on the UK app finder since launch in March 2012), Absolute Music (number two on the Swedish app finder since launch in August, with millions of streams recorded in less than a month), Blur and PIAS, with several more apps in development for launch in Q4 2012.

"We have worked closely with RetroFuzz since the beginning of 2012," said Yashar Moradbakhti, Product Owner at Spotify Platform team. "They deliver great app concepts from both a design and development perspective. Moreover, they have the technical knowledge and industry experience required to deliver really excellent final products."

"We are all music and technology fans equally here, so we love Spotify’s app platform," said Jonathan McNamara, Managing Director of RetroFuzz Ltd. "Ever since we originally signed up for Spotify in late 2008 we’ve had our own ideas about how we could extend the platform with our own apps, so to be able to put so many of our ideas into practice with such well respected clients is wonderful and feels like a real privilege. We’re excited about Spotify’s continued commitment to the platform and the possibilities it opens up for developers like us."

The Blue Note Spotify app is available worldwide in the app finder now:

Jonathan McNamara
Managing Director - RetroFuzz
+44 (0) 161 235 5350

RetroFuzz is a creative digital design agency for the creative industries. Since their inception in 2007, RetroFuzz have nurtured an enviable client list that includes every major UK record label, and worked on many high profile online campaigns for artists such as U2, Noel Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys, Lady Gaga, REM, The Stone Roses and Bloc Party to name but a few. More recently they have broadened their client roster to include fashion brands such as Eastpak, Lee Jeans, Levi’s, Volcom and Warehouse.

Blue Note Records was founded in 1939, and has since established itself as one of the most famous record labels in the world. Artists signed to Blue Note today include Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Jeff Bridges, Keren Ann, Robert Glasper, Bill Charlap, Joe Lovano, Priscilla Ahn and Jason Moran.