Imeem Opens Music-centric Social API

John Musser, March 25th, 2008

Imeem, the third largest social network in the US, has just opened their “imeem Media Platform” for third party developers. Besides having access to Imeem’s 24 million users, the thing that will likely attract developers to this platform is their video, photo and, most importantly, music content. This is because Imeem has licensed millions of songs from the major music labels and these will be directly available via the platform. The API is Flex and ActionScript3-based (for more more technical details check our Imeem API profile).

The feature for this set of web services and client libraries includes:

  • Access media on imeem, including music, videos, and photos
  • Access to imeem’s social graph, including users, friends, and associated profile data
  • Fully customize a skinless imeem media player
  • Upload music, videos, and photos and modify associated metadata
  • Search imeem’s media content by keyword, artist, title, or album
  • Access imeem’s most frequently played music and videos and recommended content
  • Create, edit, and manage new playlists or access millions of music, video, and photo playlists created by imeem users

Other notable details of the launch:

  • The platform itself exposes the underlying infrastructure for hosting, transcoding and delivering media.
  • As has become increasingly common lately, the platform is initially available in a sandbox mode that’s available to developers only, not the general public.
  • OpenSocial compatibility is not part of this launch and is scheduled for the coming months.
  • Imeem’s announcement includes suggestions of possible sample apps ranging from recommendation engines to customer players (ala Winamp, an Imeem inspiration) to quizzes.

As we’ve seen with 142 web music mashups and 25+ music APIs, there’s no shortage of developer interest in music applications, and combining this will Imeem’s social network could prove to be a winning combination.

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2 Responses to “Imeem Opens Music-centric Social API”

September 10th, 2008
at 10:44 am
Comment by: Matt

Yeah Imeem is quite fine! It’s part of the websites which contributed to the revolution in the musical world. However, my favourite one in that context is http://www.deezer.com/en which brought real free and legal music-on-demand! It’s quite great, and it has quite a huge catalogue right now! Check it out.

December 10th, 2009
at 3:50 am
Comment by: MySpace Releases One API, Buys Then Kills Another

[...] licensed songs from record labels, which were then made available via its nearly two year-old streaming API. It probably cost a pretty penny to keep it running. By shutting it down, which was fully their [...]

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