April 5, 2006
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The trouble with some music sites and APIs on the web is that they have been known to get taken down due to legal battles. Worse yet, often the only real way to monetize is to take a teensy percentage of an already low-priced track. BandsInTown wants to help your music site stay up and even make money.
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.
AudioBoo brings the familiar tape-recorder type interface to the web with all the fixings. Take your audio recording, add a picture, a location, put it in a social context, throw in popularity ratings and you have AudioBoo. The simplicity and social aspects of this service make a great platform for podcasters while providing another avenue of media discovery for users. But it's new and still changing. If you're feeling like an adventurous explorer, ready for twists, turns and surprises, jump on in to the AudioBoo API.