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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.
Spotify, the music subscription service that has been so popular in Europe, is now available in the United States. Spotify offers users the ability to stream limited hours of music for free or stream unlimited songs for a small fee, from a library of over 15 million songs. And while it has a Spotify API out of the gate, it comes with a catch.
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 Instinctively, you hit the Google search and wade through a sea of misspelled, poorly translated, out-of-date, or poorly interpretted lyrics listings.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.
Rdio is one of the few music subscription services that do a tremendous amount of things right, including having its robust Rdio API. For $5 a month, you can get all of the music you want, have collaborative playlists, share content to Facebook and Twitter, and keep up with what your friends are listening to. For $10, you can do all that and store the music to your phone for offline or higher quality enjoyment.
This week we had 19 new APIs added to our API directory including a phone number verification service, gift recommendation service, file sharing service, airfare tracking service and slideshow creation service. We looked in-depth at the Rdio music streaming API and the “Robin Hood of Travel”. Below is more detail on all 19 new APIs.
I love Rdio. All the music I want to hear (that happens to be available in their library) for $10 a month. It gets better. I can download the songs to the mobile Rdio apps for offline listening. Even better still, there’s an Rdio API and it’s pretty rich, as described by Rdio’s Ian McKellar in the video below.
There’s a lot of fuss over the RIAA and the Internet. It seems like it’s been a never-ending battle to make music play nice with the internet. Sure, we’ve got services like Rdio and Grooveshark, but what about making data open to make our listening experience better and more connected with everything else we do?