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free stepHere are a number of interesting web services that are useful for building music 2.0 sites or mashups. Add others that you know to this ever-growing list:

  • Amazon web services - a great place to go to collect all sorts of music metadata, including album art, editorial and customer reviews, track lists, popularity, similar items, release dates and all that. It is possible to crawl through the Amazon catalog and collect information on thousands of CDs (and books and DVDs for that matter) in the course of a week or so. (Amazon does request that you limit your requests to no more than one per second.)
  • Artistopia Affiliate Program - Artistopia is site for independent music on the Internet providing a home to thousands of bands, musicians, singers and songwriters the world over. The site provides a professional presentation of the artist to the industry. Providing a web service for music webmasters and music businesses, commissions are a paid per action every time a visitor from your site becomes a new member of the Artistopia community. The more that member upgrades their membership, the more revenue can generated.
  • www.bala.com.cn - a place for Chinese music lovers sharing tastes with friends
  • GigJunkie- the GigJunkie API has simple queries to enable powerful global concert searches with a range of filters including geolocation, genre and date ranges.

  • Jamendo - Jamendo is a repository of 2000+ free albums under Creative Commons licenses. They have an open API you can use to fetch music or playlists.

  • Music2Mail.com is a free music notification service that focuses on simple subscription and setup. You can subscribe to a list of your favorite artists and receive an email whenever one of these artists has a new release. It is based on the extensive MusicBrainz-database with over 570.000 artists.

  • MusicMobs - MusicMobs is playlist sharing and social tagging / recommendation music site. The site is built entirely on top of its public webservices API. This means that anything that MusicMobs can do with their data, you can do to. The have services for getting playlists, finding info about different artists, exploring the social tags applied by users. The documentation is not necessarily up-to-date but Toby (the site operator) is always ready to help.

  • MusicStrands - MusicStrands is a social recommendation / discovery site. They've just released their first public version of OpenStrands, their web services API. This API includes catalog, recommendation playlist, tagging and community services (and it's free to registered users).

  • last.fm - last.fm is probably the 'king' of the social recommenders out there. Last.fm (via AudioScrobbler) provides an API for getting user, artist, tag and group data. Here's an example of using the similar artists service.

  • IOMOIO - great selection of MP3 music, this website has extraordinarily good prices and excellent catalog.

  • Jamphetamines - Free indie music community and Video/MP3 sharing site. Independent artists can upload and stream their MP3s and music videos; while music fans can discover, vote, comment and share their favorites.


  • MusicBrainz - MusicBrainz is a community music metadatabase. They provide web services for all of the information in the database including artists, albums and tracks. MusicBrainz establishes a unique MusicBrainz ID for each track in its database (using MusicDNS fingerprinting technology).
  • MusicColossus.com - "Simply a Huge Everything of Music." A free free-for-all RSS content content search engine and database that includes recent, random news, reviews, postings, PR and podcasts from any and all areas of music. Anybody with a music-related RSS is encouraged to submit it.

  • MusicDNS - which is run MusicIP (formerly Predixis) provides a music fingerprinting service that works with MusicBrainz.

  • Rhapsody.com - Rhapsody is a music subscription service. The provide a number of RSS feeds that report top artists and albums as well as new releases, links to album art, track IDs (useful for playing the audio)

  • WebJay (now part of yahoo). A playlist sharing site. Webjay provides APIs for creating, modifying and retrieving playlists.
  • Mp3Fiesta - A great music site, with a catalog of 106 020 albums and lowest prices possible.

  • AOL Music Now - AOL music provides RSS feeds for their 'charts', playlists and collections - including such things as the top songs, aritst, albums and playlists.

  • Mp3Tunes - Mp3Tunes is a music locker, a place for people to store their music online so they can access it anywhere (at home, at work, on vacation), without needing to carry it. They also have an index of about 50,000 songs that are freely available on the net (called sideload.com). The API allows for the syncing and streaming of music (to and from the locker). Added 5/24/06.

  • LegalSounds - A great MP3 music site, with a good catalog and a decent downloader. They have an extensive library and very inexpensive prices.
  • MP3Ninja - MP3Ninja is attempt of creating much more user friendly digital music repository than ever. It provides information about artists, lyrics and Hi-Fi streaming preview of all songs. Currently library contains 63 000 albums and it is growing fast.
  • TuniMap -- connecting friends with music (TM)
  • Zuust -- Personalized music video television for the internet. It allows users to discover, enjoy and share music from all over the world.



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