Most mashups rely on data from other APIs to do their thing. That’s part of the power of open APIs. There’s a special class of mashup that we’re featuring today. These extract additional data, hidden from casual view. Now you can find out where that short URL points, the lyrics (and more) for any song, or the spot where you can meet in the middle–as long as you can spell rendezvous.
This past week 12 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 27 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Bandsintown, BBC Music and Billboard. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Google Maps Flash and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Music (7 APIs, 8 mashups), Mapping (4 APIs, 10 mashups) and Search (2 APIs, 2 mashups).
Naspter is one of the most recognizable names in digital music, being one of the first music distribution platforms when it was released way back in 1999. After much controversy, and changing hands several times in the last 10 years, it is now owned by the US electronics retailed Best Buy. Now the technology behind Best Buy Remix, the open API for Best Buy’s product catalog, has been released to the public with the Napster Access API (for technical details see our new Napster API profile).
This past week 27 new mashups were add to our mashup directory and 45 different APIs were used to build them (certainly the most number of APIs we’ve seen used in a single week). Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Amazon Fulfillment Web Service, Amazon Queue Service, Best Buy Remix, Billboard, New York Times Movie Reviews, ViaMichelin. The most frequently used types of APIs were Mapping (7 APIs, 18 mashups), Search (5 APIs, 8 mashups), and Video (4 APIs, 8 mashups) and the most often used APIs this week are Flickr, Google Maps, and YouTube. The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
What do gambling, streaming music, job listings and top ten music charts all have in common? They were some of the 30 APIs used to build this week’s 21 new mashups listed on ProgrammableWeb. Some of the less frequently or new APIs used this week include the gaming (read gambling) API from BetFair, the NOOA Weather Service API, and the new Billboard API and Best Buy Remix API. Popular favorites used again include FriendFeed API and Last.fm. See how all 30 APIs were used in the list below:
The legendary Billboard charts are now open for mixing, not by DJs, but by programmers. Billboard, a service of Nielsen Business Media, has a new API that lets developers search and read information from all the Billboard historical charts. The initial offering is its Chart service and later on Billboard will “roll out the Artist and Track services to add even more depth and perspective.” the API is a simple REST interface that developers can send HTTP GET requests to in a familiar service/version/resource fashion. We’ve added a new Billboard API profile with details.