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Last.fm besides being one of the most popular online radio and music communities, also has one of the most popular online music APIs. Possibly the most popular. Each month we continue to see a variety of new music-themed mashups added to our directory built on the Last.fm API. In the first three weeks of this month alone there have been 5 more Last.fm mashups added. That means that out of 231 music mashups at least 84 use the Last.fm API. And not that developers don't have other options given that there are 44 music APIs to choose from.
If you are looking for sound samples on the web and want to add them programmatically to your apps, the Freesound API may be just what you need. Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Users can join Freesound and upload their sound files and share it with others. Recently it also announced that it has crossed 100,000 songs in its database.
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.