It’s only a few hours until we find out what Spotify’s “new direction” is, but the Wall Street Journal has got in early with the obligatory ‘people in the music industry’ sources to leak the plans.

It claims that Spotify will be unveiling a platform for “Facebook-style apps that add various features and functions” to the streaming music service, and provides some examples. “The ‘app finder’ is likely to include reviews from magazines and blogs that allow users to listen to albums as they read reviews, the people say. One app will display lyrics as a song plays, while another will generate a list of upcoming concerts by artists in a user’s Spotify playlists and offer links to buy tickets.” It suggests that the apps will be free, and accessible to both Premium and free users of Spotify, although most will be desktop, not mobile apps.

Music Ally will be liveblogging Spotify’s press event this afternoon, so check our blog from 5pm GMT for all the details.

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