DVD Collector Remixes Best Buy API to Share Compilation

Adam DuVander
Mar. 15 2010, 02:00AM EDT

A late night and the spark of an idea were all Alex Stone needed to get started on his site to track and share DVDs amongst friends. And the project took him less than 10 hours, because all the content, from DVD titles to images and descriptions, come from Best Buy Remix (our Best Buy Remix API profile).

The site, Super DVD Robot, lets you search DVDs to add to your own collection or wishlist. You can also see what your friends have, and keep track of what they've added recently.

Along with a 5% affiliate share on every purchase, Stone also earned himself a trip to Austin, Texas, to demo his site at SXSW at Circus Mashimus hosted by ProgrammableWeb sponsor Mashery. We asked him about the background of the site and how he built it, which you can see in the video embedded below.

Best Buy's API is wide open. You can find any of the products the store sells, not just DVDs. Additionally, you can access recommended products, which has many potential applications. In fact, the store's flagship site runs several features, such as rotating carousels, off the API, making it the largest user of the service.

Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact editor@programmableweb.com Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.

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Hi! I'm Joe the Community Manager for Best Buy Remix.

Alex has a great story with his app, and its one of the more creative uses of our API we've ever seen. That's exactly why we brought him with us to SXSW and the Circus Mashimus lounge. He was the first on my list.

When people hear about your API from an outside developer, it creates much more interest and gives a different perspective on use and what it's all about.

If people want to know more about Alex I suggest you follow him on twitter @al3xstone. If you like what his application does and you want to check out Remix, we'd love to hear what you think (remix.bestbuy.com)!