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.
Expect a mash pit, not a mosh pit, at this weekend's Music Hack Day in London. Over 200 people will come together from the UK and across Europe for what the organizers call "the best industry to hack on, with the cleanest APIs and the most enjoyable content."
Vokoder offers a simple service for the independent artist. If you are just getting going as a professional musician, Vokoder gives you your first e-commerce experience. Artists can upload their music, share links to it, and then get paid for it as visitor’s purchase the artist’s content. This service is so simple, it’s genius. And selling music online has to beat standing on the corner in all kinds of weather playing for pocket change.