Ever heard of Gracenote
? Chances are your ears have heard its work, and your eyes have seen its magic, even if you weren't aware. Back in the day, those who popped CDs into CD-ROM drives and ripped 'em to iTunes would need Gracenote's expertise to automatically add metadata to those tracks. The company actually does quite a bit more than that these days, and it's about to put a lot of its future into the bright minds and able hands of developers. The Gracenote Developer program launched today, making the company's music APIs and SDKs available for developers. This opens the world's largest and most trusted source of music metadata and music recognition technology to developers who are building the future of music.
Developers can now access Gracenote's Mobile Client featuring Gracenote MusicID, an audio fingerprinting technology that can be integrated into mobile Apps to identify artists, albums and tracks by simply holding a phone to the music-in a cafe, on the street or whenever the moment strikes. To date, Gracenote MusicID has powered some of the world's most popular music recognition Apps and services, from Soundtracking and Sony TrackID to musiXmatch and Rhapsody SongMatch. The Gracenote Developer program supports a variety of development platforms, including mobile, desktop and Web APIs. These APIs enable the recognition of music from text lookups, CDs, digital files and audio captured with a mobile device, and returns descriptive metadata for more than 2,000 music genres and sub-genres, artist origins, and more than 100 music moods. Developers can also tap into the world's largest commercial source of Album Cover Art, artist biographies and other related content.
What's to come next? That'll be up to the coders that grab the code and start integrating it into their software.