The Foundation Center, a leading provider of philanthropy data, analysis, and training, has just announced the launch of Foundation Stats, a brand new online tool that generates tables and charts from a vast collection of data about the U.S. foundation community. In addition, the Foundation Center has also provided a Foundation Stats API allowing developers programmatic access to the philanthropy data available at Foundation Stats.
The power of choice is a valuable part of our everyday lives, and with so many options at our disposal along with wildly different tastes and opinions, it’s a good thing we have the freedom to choose. Based on this idea, it’s easy to see how things like music charts, recommendations from film critics and general ratings on social media platforms may not be the opinions shared by everybody, and a recommendation system that could focus more on a person’s specific preferences would be quite useful. That’s pretty much what Tumbz has set out to do. The Tumbz API also makes it possible for this functionality to be integrated with other applications.
For music fans and concert goers, having instant access to information on which bands are playing where is definitely a plus. Being in the know and never missing out when it comes to great gigs in your area is even better. In comes new Facebook mashup, Fanbible; a live music event guide that works on android, iPhone, iPad and desktop browsers, keeping users informed even when they’re on the go.
Quick: name that huge search engine you use a lot that starts with G but isn’t…Google. (Hint: it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony.) Right. It’s Gracenote, the folks who help you identify all those tracks in your music library. Okay, it’s not exactly a search engine in the conventional sense. But it does have 130 million tracks and TV listings across 28 countries. And it handles 15 billion queries a month. We’ve covered Gracenote’s earlier APIs in a previous column.
For music fans who enjoy listening to playlists on their laptops or desktops, Tomahawk is a music player with a few extra bells and whistles that may be of some interest. It’s an open-source, cross-platform music player, which means it enables a user to play music stored on their own hard drives as well as from a variety of other music sources like Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube and more. The Toma.hk API makes this functionality available to developers or users to add songs to websites.
Spotify has just added the Spotify Web API to Mashape, a popular marketplace where cloud APIs can be distributed, monetized, managed and consumed. Developers can use the Spotify API to search and display data such as albums, artists and music tracks from Spotify’s vast music database.
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.
Appy Pie, cloud based mobile apps builder, has announced the inclusion of two new music APIs for its Do-it-Yourself mobile application platform. Integration with the SoundCloud and Beatport APIs will allow users to access their music libraries remotely without consuming mobile device memory.
For music enthusiasts who thrive on insider knowledge and detailed music conversation, WhoSampled would be just their cup of tea. It’s basically an online community for discovering and discussing sampled music, remixes and cover songs. WhoSampled has partnered with The Echo Nest to provide the WhoSampled API that allows developers to access and integrate its functionality with other applications.