December 8, 2014
Single purpose API
Music is an integral part of daily life for countless millions of people around the world, and in many cases, the artists who create it touch our lives in ways that go beyond sound. In fact, musicians are some of the most visible and talked about individuals on the internet. To help artists control how they're represented to their fans online, and to help them monetize their online content, San Francisco-based OpenAura has created a digital identity platform for artists and the record labels and content partners they work with. Through this platform, third parties can license premium content, including pictures, artwork, reviews and social feeds, enabling them to build deeper, more dynamic experiences for fans.
Spotify has just added the Spotify Web API to Mashape, a popular marketplace where cloud APIs can be distributed, monetized, managed and consumed. Developers can use the Spotify API to search and display data such as albums, artists and music tracks from Spotify's vast music database.
Quick: name that huge search engine you use a lot that starts with G but isn't...Google. (Hint: it's a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony.) Right. It's Gracenote, the folks who help you identify all those tracks in your music library. Okay, it's not exactly a search engine in the conventional sense. But it does have 130 million tracks and TV listings across 28 countries. And it handles 15 billion queries a month. We've covered Gracenote's earlier APIs in a previous column.