Third-party developers now have access to a library of 38 million tracks, along with artist artwork and information, thanks to Microsoft’s release of the Xbox Music API. Microsoft states that “We want to make it very easy for you to start experimenting and integrating with Xbox Music.”
The API gives access to a 30 second preview of each tracks in the form of an HTTP download. Microsoft has also sweetened the deal with an affiliation offer, compensating developers for in-app redirects to the Xbox Music app with 5% of purchases, along with a 10% on all music purchased throughout the lifetime of a subscription. User authenticated features within Xbox music accounts, such as playlist information and editing, will be partially available in a restricted capacity to members of their pilot program.