Open APIs for building the next generation of audio technology
No product is an island. Any complex software we use today is likely built upon the accumulated work of many programmers. Resources like code libraries and application program interfaces (APIs) are often used to create new products: for example, Foursquare initially pinpointed locations using the Google Maps API, countless e-commerce sites use the Square API to process payments, and The Echo Nest API provided music intelligence and recommendation capabilities to music platforms like Spotify.
When we talk about innovating new methods for sharing and discovering podcasts and other audio, there’s no need to start from scratch. Dozens of open APIs have been created in recent years to manipulate sound, search databases of content, and access metrics about listening patterns. The next big audio listening/sharing/searching app might emerge from the right combination of these tools.
Whether or not you code, this list of audio APIs might inspire you to think creatively about combining existing resources to create better tools for the future.