Last.fm is a music-listening service that provides recommendations based on user preferences. Rikki Tooley created an SDK in .NET language with the main goal to offer functionality beyond API bindings. This kit is supported in .NET Framework 4.5, Windows 8.0, Windows Phone 8.1, and Windows Phone Silverlight 8. A quickstart guide is available with installation, usage, dependency, and planned features. One of the future plans is to improve identification of poorly tagged tracks using audio fingerprints and the MusicBrainz API. Because music lovers can benefit from the improvement of this feature, Rikki Tooley invites other developers to join the conversation on https://gitter.im/inflatablefriends/lastfm
National Public Radio (NPR) has just opened another means for developers to access content from NPR.org: a new API for transcripts. This API provides access to tens of thousands of transcripts from some of the most popular programs on NPR. As we covered last year and in our NPR API Profile, their APIs open-up a range of interesting possibilities.
Sometimes it takes a little human intervention to make semantic applications easier to build. The Guardian newspaper has augmented its Open Platform API with unique identifiers for bands and books. In turn, the company has simplified the process of creating a mashup that uses multiple sources to focus on a single work, which may help its content spread farther.