The Echo Nest Brings Music App APIs to Facebook

June 20, 2011

3:00 pm

If you are into music, check out The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company that develops music apps for leading media companies and independent developers.  They just added Facebook to its free “Rosetta Stone” music ID mapping service, which will power a new generation of socially-connected music apps on Facebook and elsewhere.

Here’s what this means for developers: The Echo Nest’s new API offering enables them to easily build music apps with links and “likes” to the appropriate Facebook artist pages, alongside the rest of The Echo Nest’s rich music data API, which lets developers work with over five billion data points on over 18 million songs and over 1.5 million artists.

Here’ s what it means for music fans: The Echo Nest’s new Facebook integration will provide a more informed and connected listening experience.

About that Rosetta Stone technology, which is really cool: It acts as a universal artist ID translator, allowing developers to map offerings to a variety of music services including MusicBrainz, Rdio, 7digital, and others.

If you have an idea for a social music app that you think could change the world, check out their Social Music App Challenge. The Grand Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 – not too shabby!

Applications must be submitted to The Echo Nest by 6PM EDT on August 10, 2011.  Submissions will be judged based on their quality, innovation, social features, nastiness (aka, how well the app takes advantage of Echo Nest technologies), and compelling user experience. All submissions will be judged by August 20th, 2011.

Judges for the prize will include Paul Lamere, The Echo Nest director of developer platform, and Eliot Van Buskirk, editor of, published by The Echo Nest.

To enter, obtain an Echo Nest API Key by registering here. Challenge rules have not yet been posted, but will soon.  Good luck!


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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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