Music is an integral part of daily life for countless millions of people around the world, and in many cases, the artists who create it touch our lives in ways that go beyond sound. In fact, musicians are some of the most visible and talked about individuals on the internet. To help artists control how they’re represented to their fans online, and to help them monetize their online content, San Francisco-based OpenAura has created a digital identity platform for artists and the record labels and content partners they work with. Through this platform, third parties can license premium content, including pictures, artwork, reviews and social feeds, enabling them to build deeper, more dynamic experiences for fans.
Our API directory now includes 531 reference APIs. The newest is the CanLII API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the GeoNames API. We list 88 GeoNames mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of reference APIs.
This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 20 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Baidu, dlvr.it, Google Closure Compiler and Sina Weibo. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twitter and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (4 APIs, 6 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Gracenote “touches hundreds of millions of music fans and TV viewers everyday. The Gracenote database is the largest source of music and video metadata on the planet, featuring descriptions of more than 130 million tracks and TV listings for 28 countries.” Recently, Gracenote launched a developer program that opened its Gracenote API to the developer community. The API delivers Gracenote’s rich music metadata to any connected app.
Microsoft to be whitelisted for Google CalDAV API which will be shutdown to developers post September. A series of Hackathons focused on Autism kicks off in Seattle.Plus: Check out how to safe guard your application that depends on public APIs.
Foursquare has announced that the Foursquare Global Hackathon will take place on January 5th, 2013 where developers and designers will have the opportunity to win great prizes for building the best, most innovative hacks using the Foursquare API.
It’s been busy recently on API Jobs, the dedicated job board for API-focused professionals I built a couple months ago. The site features the best jobs building APIs, integrating them, or working at companies whose primary service is an API. Each week I’ll be bringing you an overview of the newest featured listings on the site.
This past week 12 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 25 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Aonaware Dictionary, Billeo Active eWallet, Cloudmade Leaflet, DNS Tools, DNSimple, Domain, DomainTools and Yahoo YUI. The most often used APIs this week are Amazon S3, Bing and BuzzData. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Internet (5 APIs, 5 mashups), Search (4 APIs, 5 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Our API directory now includes 160 music APIs. The newest is the Spotify Apps API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Last.fm API. We list 206 Last.fm mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of music APIs.
There’s a lot of fuss over the RIAA and the Internet. It seems like it’s been a never-ending battle to make music play nice with the internet. Sure, we’ve got services like Rdio and Grooveshark, but what about making data open to make our listening experience better and more connected with everything else we do?