EMI has launched its latest Spotify app, this time for its Blue Note Records label. The app aims to help music fans explore the label’s history from 1939 to now, taking in Sidney Bechet, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman and other jazz legends. Users can build playlists and share tracks with friends as usual on Spotify, while the Blue Note catalogue can be browsed through a timeline, or filtered by musical style, era and instrument. There’s also – and this is quite significant – a Shop tab selling t-shirts and other merchandise from Blue Note. A bit clunky in that it pushes users out to a web-page in their browser to actually buy items, but still another way to make actual revenues from a Spotify app beyond the streaming royalties.

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