Adding textual metadata, such as release and artist names, track names, genres and years [...] alongside the huge improvement in coverage of MusicBrainz Disc IDs and Acoustid fingerprints, makes it feel like the API has really matured in this release.
(PRWEB) June 06, 2013
elsten software have announced a new version of OneMusicAPI, a low cost music metadata and cover art API. The key benefits of the API were always one-stop integration for multiple online APIs and enormous coverage by combining several high quality, crowd sourced databases. Now, further textual metadata has been added to the data returned by the API, in addition to cover art already returned. Also, better support for CD based applications is offered through a new disc-based query and FreeDB support.
OneMusicAPI retains its release-based API, where information about albums, singles, compilations and other types of release can be found. The new textual metadata added to the API comprises release and artist names, genres, year of release and track names, positions and track artist data. The new metadata is added to the existing cover art search capabilities, which allow releases to be filtered by the size of cover art discovered.
Queries using Acoustid fingerprints and MusicBrainz Disc IDs have been made far more powerful by a new algorithm that separates music identification from information retrieval. Now, releases identified by one mechanism, such as a set of audio fingerprints, can be expanded to linked releases on different online databases. This broadens the coverage of OneMusicAPI significantly.
A new endpoint, "/disc/" has been added to fetch metadata specially tailored to CD ripping hardware and software. Such queries accept one or more of FreeDB IDs, MusicBrainz Disc IDs and Acoustid fingerprints and will return any matches. Additionally, a new option, "aggregated results," makes integration easy by simply returning all data in one data structure.
Dan Gravell, founder of elsten software, said: "Adding textual metadata, such as release and artist names, track names, genres and years was always the next natural step for the API. That, alongside the huge improvement in coverage of MusicBrainz Disc IDs and Acoustid fingerprints, makes it feel like the API has really matured in this release. In addition, I worked with developers of automated CD ripping devices to add an endpoint to the API suited for CD based queries."
OneMusicAPI is a RESTful JSON API. Developers must request an API key and may test it for 1000 lookups. After that, access costs £15 per 100,000 lookups, or £150 per month. Interested developers should contact api(at)onemusicapi(dot)com for more information. As per elsten software's promise to their customers, the existing version of the API will not be shut down until all users of the API have migrated.
About elsten software: elsten software write tools to manage digital music collections. Their second product is OneMusicAPI (http://www.onemusicapi.com) - an aggregated, low cost music metadata API ideal for mobile app writers, startups or hobbyists. Contact Dan for more information: dan(at)elstensoftware(dot)com or telephone +44 (0)20 3397 1517.