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 Instinctively, you hit the Google search and wade through a sea of misspelled, poorly translated, out-of-date, or poorly interpretted lyrics listings.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.
This week we had 38 new APIs added to our API directory including a mobile geolocation service, email marketing and delivery service, social search and recommendation service, online mapping service, professional social networking platform, virtual dating application and a wine search service. In addition, we provided more in depth coverage of a weather data logging service and an image sharing service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.” alt=”" /> This past week 14 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 17 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Discogs, Google Tasks, MusixMatch and WareNet CheckWare. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twitter and Wikipedia. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Reference (3 APIs, 5 mashups), Music (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Social (2 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Music is what connects all of us together. Music Lyrics are one of the most searched items on the Internet and one would expect that the Lyrics data would be accessible via one or more APIs. We list 8 Lyrics APIs in our directory but in the past this has got into trouble over copyright issues. The MusixMatch API wishes to change all of that by giving you access to 5 million officially licensed lyrics.
This past week 17 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 16 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include OneLogin, .tel, Brighter Planet Emission Estimates, Instagram and MusixMatch. The most often used APIs this week are Twilio, Twilio SMS and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Music (2 APIs, 2 mashups), Shopping (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Social (2 APIs, 6 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
What’s that song that begins “the night we met I knew I needed you so?” There are two new mashups that can help you find the answer to that–right now. Both use the MusixMatch API for lyrics search and present the results “instantly.” We wrote about APIs fueling the instant frenzy in September, shortly after Google Ajax-ified its search. Including the two lyrics mashups below, we now list 22 instant mashups.
This past week 23 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 32 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Forvo, GreatSchools, Groupon, MusixMatch and Wordnik. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twilio and Twilio SMS. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Reference (5 APIs, 5 mashups), Search (5 APIs, 6 mashups) and Shopping (5 APIs, 5 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups: