Music APIs

Music APIs

About Music APIs

Music is an integral part of our lives. It is there when we commute, ride in elevators, are put on hold while making phone calls, and adds suspense and dimension to everything we watch on television. Through music APIs, we can learn more about the music we love.

What is a Music API?

Developers use music-based application programming interfaces (APIs) to integrate music and its available data into various services and applications. Functionalities of a music API can include streaming songs or stations, showing lyrics, providing data such as song name, date published, artist, label, and other metadata.

Some music APIs take it a step further and provide related artists, song suggestions, and even upcoming concert events showcasing that particular artist or genre.

How does a Music API work?

Many popular streaming services offer free or low-cost APIs that allow developers access to their extensive catalogs. When GET requests are posted through the API, various metrics are returned, from songs and playlists to the entire album metadata. Some services even offer complete software development kits (SDKs) so developers can build fully functional programs and applications powered by the service’s API(s).

Who can benefit from Music APIs?

Anyone who enjoys music has likely benefited from a music API, whether they realize it or not. If you have ever looked up a song’s lyrics or streamed music through a device like Alexa or a service like Pandora, there was a music API helping to power it.

Why are Music APIs necessary?

Today, we are no longer stuck listening to whatever the disc jockeys decide to play on our favorite radio stations. We don’t have to wait by the cassette player, ready to press record when our favorite songs come on. Now, through the power of music APIs, every tune we could wish for is available somewhere through a simple search, as well as all of the information we may want to know about it.

What can you expect from a Music API?

A music API should return the information we search for in near-instantaneous time. Security measures should be in place to protect private data for those services that allow for playlist creation and other customer-centric settings. Furthermore, only things the user wants to share, such as playlists, should be public.

Are there examples of free Music APIs?

  1. Shazam
  2. Genius
  3. Deezer
  4. UNSA (Unofficial Spotify API)
  5. 30,000 Radio Stations and Music Charts
  6. Music Credits
  7. The Audio Database
  8. Radio Browser
  9. Song Stats
  10. Billboard

Music API SDKs

All Music APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:

  1. Node.js
  2. PHP
  3. Python
  4. Ruby
  5. Objective-C
  6. Java (Android)
  7. C# (.NET)
  8. cURL

Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.

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