For staying up to date with band tour dates, live venue information and more, Pollstar has it covered. It’s a trade publication that covers music industry information on a worldwide scale. What’s pretty cool is that Pollstar provides an API that allows third party developers access to the full event database, enabling them to include Pollstar data on other websites and applications.
SonicAPI.com consists of ”a small team of developers dedicated to creating audio technology to make the world sound better.” The SonicAPI.com API utilizes zplane technology to allow developers to integrate audio processing into existing apps, websites, or in-house solutions. Professional software companies around the world use zplane technology for high-grade audio processing, and sonicAPI.com wants to put such tools in the hands of developers everywhere.
Auphonic was founded and developed by deeply talented sound engineers and technologists firmly rooted in all things audio. In its brief existence, Auphonic has developed a partner community dedicated to growing the sound technology world through education and research (i.e. Podlove, Science Park Graz, IEM, and Graz University of Technology).
How does the Web’s largest ticket search engine improve its API? By giving developers easy access to more information, of course. SeatGeek recently made links to artists’ Spotify and Last.fm profiles available through the SeatGeek API, and the company promises even more data in the future.
Shuffler.fm is a web based music magazine that allows users to browse music on the web through music sites and blogs. It allows them to discover new music and keep an eye on current trends, with the help of those in the know.
Stitcher; the mobile leader in news, entertainment, sports, and talk radio; recently released Stitcher Connect. Stitcher Connect is “talk radio’s first API developed for the car.” The API delivers all of the features of Stitcher’s mobile app (Stitcher Smart Radio) directly to the vehicle. According to Stitcher CEO, Noah Shanok, “Over a third of our listeners are currently using Stitcher in the car [via the mobile app].” The next logical step was to integrate directly with the automobile, so “listeners can seamlessly access and discover the best of over 10,000 shows on Stitcher in the car.”
Echo Nest’s API already powers hundreds of music apps (e.g. MTV, Music Hunter, Pocket Hipster, etc.). With new enhancements to its API, Echo Nest looks to expand its reach beyond the music industry by “us[ing] music to drive non-music apps.” Echo Nest added “Taste Profile Similarity” and an “affinity prediction” system to its existing platform. With the new features, Echo Nest hopes to connect music listeners to other listeners with similar tastes and predict behavior unrelated to musical preferences.
Vadio is building a business off the YouTube API. The company also has its own technology for translating a list of songs into music video playlists no matter where the videos are stored. Vadio has already seen interest from radio stations, because the product is more appealing than simple audio and increases listener engagement.
Decibel launched its first API in 2011. Since the launch, Decibel has enjoyed success in becoming the fastest growing European company in the digital music sector. However, the massive growth falls short of Decibel’s ultimate goal. Decibel hopes to enhance the consumer relationship with digital music and uncover the next generation in digital music services. In the end, Decibel aims “to become the industry standard for music metadata.”
ProgrammableWeb lists many popular Music APIs in the directory including Last.fm, 7digital and Spotify Metadata. This post features a few really creative, entertaining mashups that use a few popular Music APIs.