MP3.com’s (Nasdaq: MPPP – news) Developers Network (MP3DN) (developer.mp3.com) is a relatively new resource for developers building the next generation of online music products and services. The MP3.com (www.mp3.com) Developers Network provides an online community of forward-looking individuals, providing a host of tools to build new music-enabled products as well as marketing support for their products. To sign up for the MP3DN, visit developer.mp3.com. To view a list of tools, visit www.mp3.com/dev/tools_tech.html
In April, MP3.com added the latest feature to the MP3DN: the MusicDB API, a high-tech tool for software developers. MusicDB, a CD-recognition service that is presently offered at no charge, is an accurate resource for developers who seek to enhance their products with artist, track and title information. MusicDB enables consumers who place a CD in their PC’s CD-ROM tray to automatically receive information on that album through an interface designed by the developer. Developers can download the latest version of the Music IOS API with this Music DB functionality at www.mp3.com/musicdb.
Another tool released recently is MP3.com’s XML Content Feeds (www.mp3.com/stations/dev_apps). This content feed, updated daily, provides developers with access to MP3.com’s outstanding array of song files, artist information and services. The content can be deployed in a variety of web-based, software, firmware, hardware, device and other applications. To access the content feeds, visit www.mp3.com/dev/xml_feeds.html
Central to the MP3DN is the Music IOS API. It allows developers to offer their customers direct, streaming access to some of the best MP3.com music content, as well as the ability for customers to manage that content in their My.MP3 account.
Developers can obtain answers and tips, and discuss tech issues with MP3.com’s engineering team and other developers in the MP3DN community, by visiting the bulletin boards at www.mp3.com/dev/developers_support.html.
MP3.com also offers marketing support for developers’ products (www.mp3.com/dev/marketing_support.html), helping to provide the exposure needed for a product’s success. MP3DN members may qualify to enjoy a variety of free web-based marketing opportunities that will connect their product to MP3.com’s vast customer base of millions of music and technology enthusiasts.
Developers who are part of the MP3DN also are alerted to upcoming development-related events such as the Developers Workshop, scheduled for June 19 at MP3.com headquarters. The workshops, offered free of charge, are intended to provide technical insight and background on marketing support available to hardware, software and web developers interested in enhancing their product, application or web site with MP3.com’s tools. For additional information or to register for the June 19 workshop visit www.mp3.com/events.
The June workshops serve as a precursor to the much-anticipated MP3 Summit 2001: Mobilizing Your Music event, designed to power a new generation of wireless devices for music fans around the world. The annual event, to be held in San Diego July 12 and 13, is slated to be the hub for technologists, digital music supporters, forward-thinking companies and artists who are helping to mold the digital music space. Participants who register for the event before June 15 can save 50 percent (www.mp3.com/summit).