Our API directory now includes 43 metadata APIs. The newest is the OpenStreetMap Taginfo API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Calais API. We list 17 Calais mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of metadata APIs.
The afternoon sessions at the API Strategy and Practice conference included one focused on business models in an API centric world. The session featured talks on the Evolution of API Business Models, Market Driven API Business Models and Lessons learned from $0 to $1M API Revenue. One talk that caught my ear was by 3scale CMO Guillaume Balas discussing how to select the right business model.
YouTube continues to grow, doubling its subscription rate year after year. Even more mind-boggling is the fact that 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. In other words, that is almost 2 hours of video every second! With over 6 billion hours of video being watched each month it becomes apparent that YouTube is stronger than ever. On the developer side we continue to see YouTube as a focal point. This week we will take a look at recent mashups utilizing the YouTube API.
This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 12 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include BitStamp and Realtime Register. The most often used APIs this week are BTC-e, CampBX and Mt Gox. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Financial (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Mapping (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Music (2 APIs, 2 mashups).
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 8 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Doodle and MusixMatch. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, MusixMatch and WebKnox. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Tools (2 APIs, 2 mashups), Mapping (2 APIs, 3 mashups) and Shopping (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
What comes first, the API or the Application? This is a question that companies are grappling with as they set forth their product strategy. Many companies prefer to release their mobile applications first and if it gets popular, developers automatically start asking for theAPI. In some of these cases, a private API already exists under the covers. In recent times, we are seeing an increasing number of products that release the API first and much later, announce their mobile applications. Great examples are the Aviary API and the musiXmatch API.
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.
This weekend I attended my first ever hacking event: Music Hackday Boston 2011. It was an incredibly exciting, intense experience with plenty of creative inspirational energy. We had ambitious goals which were largely attained, but when it came to the demo, we failed hard. At least, it felt like we did. As I reflected on the demo while we drove home in the black winter night, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” came to mind. This is the story my personal ring of fire at Music Hackday and how I fell into it.
There’s been some great new music mashups coming down the pipe lately. We’ll highlight some of the better ones below, including a music search engine, local music events, lyrics lookup, a Spotify video playlist app (yes, there’s a Spotify API) and a fun “name that tune” game. The most popular music API, the Last.fm API, is featured multiple times, as is the YouTube API, which has become a favorite of music mashups.
We’ve all been there. We found a great song we love, but don’t know the lyrics. Instinctively, you hit the Google search and wade through a sea of misspelled, poorly translated, out-of-date, or poorly interpretted lyrics listings. Granted, some songs come tagged with the lyrics, which is helpful, but that’s not going to help the rest of your massive music collection of songs you’ve been singing along to. It’s frustrating and it’s messy, something the MusixMatch API could change.