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Music Video API
About music video APIs
Since the 1980s, music videos have been a staple of the music industry. Unlike recordings of a performance, these videos offer a visual interpretation of the song. Over the years, videos have become ways to showcase performers with professional sets, choreography, and direction. For music video enthusiasts, a connection to a music video database will provide information and access to this media format.
What is a music video API?
An API is a digital structure for transferring information between an application and a server. APIs devoted to music videos contain information about the performers, directors and year of release. When a fan wants to see the videos from their favorite band, the API can send a list of links for online viewing.
How does a music video database work?
A connection to an API is a standard way to share online information. The developer receives a digital key from the API that allows access. Using this key, the application sends a GET request to the API seeking data. The API sends the information back in JSON or XML format.
Who would use a music video API?
Music videos touch on several aspects of culture. They are reflections of both the musical styles and history of the time in which they were made. A developer might make a connection to a music video database for a site devoted to a specific band or musical genre. Academic applications could revolve around studies of history, sociology or anthropology. A developer could also use this kind of API for any kind of application or website centered on music or the music industry.
Why are music videos important?
Music videos do more than sharing a favorite song. They are a window into the history and culture of the performer. Although music videos started as an American phenomenon, musicians around the world have adopted them as a way of sharing their sound.
What can a developer expect from a music video API?
Like motion pictures, music videos have a long list of credits in addition to the performers. The information packet from an API can include data such as the people involved in the filming, the year and location of the video, its popularity and links to stills or viewing options. Because they contain a great deal of information, these APIs are searchable. A developer can find data about a specific video or retrieve information about every video featuring a band.
Are there examples of free music video APIs?
APIs with information about music videos are often connected to larger commercial music sites. Because the API will draw traffic to the host’s site, developers can use many of their features for free. The Apple Music collection of APIs has an API about related music videos. The IMVDb API is only about music videos and allows free usage for a limited number of requests.
Best Music Video APIs
Music Video API SDKs
All Music Video APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:
- Java (Android)
- C# (.NET)
Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.
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