MTV API Now in Public Beta: Music Videos Anyone?

Andres Ferrate, September 5th, 2008

MTV Content API

Music video content provider MTV recently announced that its Content API is out of private beta and available to the general public. Available as part of a new MTV Networks Developers Tools web site, the RESTful API gives access to content from MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo. The API supports a variety of open standards including OpenSearch and MediaRSS (see our new MTV API profile for more details).

The API gives access to every music video in the MTV archive (plus all the related metadata) and currently does not require an API key (although one may be required after the API moves out of beta).

According to the MTV Networks Developers Tools web site, the API could be used to develop a variety of applications and mashups, including:

  • Build a music video gallery of MTV, VH1, CMT or LOGO artists.
  • Create an application to send music video dedications to friends on Facebook, MySpace, Flux or just about any other social network.
  • Mine our expansive music video archive to create the music application of your dreams.
  • Fashion a WordPress plug-in to dynamically pull music videos into blog posts.

The API’s documentation pages present developers with a variety of information, including methods and response formats. A discussion forum provides developers with a medium for information exchange and troubleshooting.

It’s notable that MTV has made so much of its content available for developers. We look forward to seeing how this API will be used in mashups and applications, and certainly hope to see at least a few nostalgic mashups that take us back to the early MTV years. Will it be Blondie or David Bowie that gets the first mashup?

Be sure to check out some of the other Music APIs listed in our API directory for additional inspiration and content.

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12 Responses to “MTV API Now in Public Beta: Music Videos Anyone?”

September 6th, 2008
at 4:03 am
Comment by: ITgangsta

Yeah, this would be cool if “The API gives access to every music video in the MTV archive” but that’s not true. It doesn’t even look like it shares the same database with the actual MTV.com site. For instance, try searching for “shanice” using the API. Watcha get? Nada. Search for “shanice” on the MTV.com site – you get 3 videos. It doesn’t even include her best video “When I close My Eyes” – but that’s a different issue.

September 6th, 2008
at 11:31 am
Comment by: Dew Drop - September 6, 2008 | Alvin Ashcraft's Morning Dew

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September 7th, 2008
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Comment by: MTV Music API | Frimaur [Beta]

[...] Fashion a WordPress plug-in to dynamically pull music videos into blog posts. Via Programable Web [...]

September 8th, 2008
at 12:52 pm
Comment by: MTV API nyitás | doransky

[...] egy olyat, ami lehet, hogy segít visszaírni magukat legalább egy kicsit a történelembe. Megnyitották az API-jukat, amin keresztül az MTV teljes zenei archívumát hozzáférhető teszik bárki számára, aki [...]

September 16th, 2008
at 7:20 pm
Comment by: Bookmarks for September 16th from 10:53 to 16:25

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November 10th, 2008
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Comment by: 200 Music Mashups

[...] video-related mashups: With the recent release of the MTV API, it did not take long for developers to create mashups using [...]

September 1st, 2010
at 5:14 am
Comment by: Music Videos

This is a nice way to post your music videos in MTV API. It is a very useful thing to music viewers. this is one of best site for all lastest music videos

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November 3rd, 2010
at 2:11 pm
Comment by: Inflatable Bed ·

when looking for music videos, i always check out music videos with funny and sentimental content _

December 2nd, 2010
at 9:43 am
Comment by: Arthritis Health Remedy

my favorite music videos are those of Lady Gaga, they are quite weird but very cool ~.*

December 2nd, 2010
at 9:59 am
Comment by: Varicose Veins

music videos are nice because you have music and sort of a small movie describing the music :;*

February 2nd, 2011
at 1:43 am
Comment by: Supercollider | 2011 Trends » *supercollider

[...] destinations to an aggregation of connected data sources and services. From Tesco’s to MTV, Lonely Planet to Best Buy and FlyBe, big brands are are realizing the benefits of opening up [...]

September 9th, 2012
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Comment by: MTV Opens Music Video API - Hip Hop Press

[...] you’re into data mashups and the like, you may be happy to know that MTV has made available a music video Content API, or application programming interface, that will give web developers access to MTV, VH1, CMT and [...]

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