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Google has announced the launch of the brand new Google Analytics Metadata API which returns the list and attributes of columns (dimensions and metrics) generated from the Google Analytics reporting APIs.
Elsten software, digital music organizer, has announced OneMusicAPI. Proclaimed to be "OneMusicAPI to rule them all," the API acts as a music metadata aggregator that pulls from multiple sources across the web through a single interface. Elsten founder and OneMusicAPI creator, Dan Gravell, found keeping pace with constant changes from individual sources became too tedious a process to adequately organize music.
ShareMyPlaylist Releases API Offering Developers Access to a Wealth of Spotify Playlists, Song Tracks and Metadata
ShareMyPlaylists, a Spotify playlist sharing site, has just announced the release of the ShareMyPlaylists API, allowing developers access to thousands of playlists, millions of song tracks and a wealth of playlist metadata.
While adoption and usage of APIs tends to vary widely across different vertical industries, the one segment that has benefited most from APIs is online media. Thanks to APIs, the cost of distributing online content has dropped significantly thanks to online properties that need to content to attract people to their sites.
It used to be that integrating data across different applications required an unnatural act involving complicated pieces of middleware. In recent times, accomplishing that act has become easier thanks to lighter-weight middleware based on standard Web services and RESTful APIs. But even still, accomplishing that task still requires the skills of a developer. In contrast, the next revolution in data integration is going to be characterized by business users integrating data across applications on their own at will.
The AP Metadata Service that has internally powered the Associated Press' award-winning news operation is now available to third-party developers and publishers. The service is aimed at publishers looking to "add rich metadata to their content, enabling them to connect their customers with more relevant news and information." The AP delivers the Metadata service in a cloud-based offering via a set of APIs associated with the organizations news content.