April 26, 2013
Winewinewine.com is a wine lovers’ resource (written in Dutch) that can help track wine collections and provide wine recommendations for food pairing. The company’s artificially Intelligent advisor, “WineStein”, is designed to make pairing food and wine simple. First you select a dish, then click “show wine advice”, then WineStein quickly populates a list of recommendations. Users can easily navigate the recommendations to find reviews, detailed analysis and make a personal note to aid others in their decision. With the WineStein API developers can easily integrate this functionality into existing e-stores.
For music enthusiasts who thrive on insider knowledge and detailed music conversation, WhoSampled would be just their cup of tea. It's basically an online community for discovering and discussing sampled music, remixes and cover songs. WhoSampled has partnered with The Echo Nest to provide the WhoSampled API that allows developers to access and integrate its functionality with other applications.
Food-sharing mobile photo app Foodspotting had an API since day one. Of course, every mobile app has an API, at least if it needs to store or retrieve non-trivial data. Most of those interfaces stay hidden away, private APIs with only that single, internal audience. Foodspotting, on the other hand, signed Zagat as an early partner and now also has OpenTable, among others, using its Foodspotting API. The company is not exactly making it widely available for any developer, though the documentation is public, planting it in a vast grey area that's becoming increasingly common.