Songkick and The Echo Nest Partner to Help Fans See More Concerts
Regular blog readers will know already how much we champion our developer community. Many of our team are developers who are passionate about making the concert experience easier and more accessible for fans so more people get out to see the bands they like play live. We love seeing – and using – the cool stuff folks have made using our concert database through our API.
Today, we’re announcing a partnership with music intelligence platform The Echo Nest. Songkick’s extensive concert database will be integrated into the Rosetta Stone platform, a data translator for music services. Rosetta Stone helps developers take precise data from a variety of music sources to build any kind of app on every platform. We have a long history of working together with The Echo Nest, making both our APIs available to developers at Music Hack Days around the world to see what creations they can build.
Last weekend we gave access to our API through The Echo Nest’s Rosetta Stone to developers at the Rethink Music Hacker’s Weekend in Boston. One of our developers there on the ground has alerted us to two neat apps he’s seen come out of last weekend’s hackathon.
HipTapes is a music marketing app that lets artists create custom QR codes and push content to fans via posters, flyers, CDs, etc. By connecting Songkick with other apps including Facebook Graph, Echonest and LyricFind, HipTapes scans the QR code and lets users stream, bookmark or buy music tracks, purchase concert tickets, merchandise or write on an artist’s Facebook wall.
Wan Ling Yih has built a playlist generator that makes a playlist based on your upcoming concert calendar from Songkick in Spotify. The website will be up soon. We’re excited by what we’ve seen so far.
We hope that including Songkick information, the largest single source of live music data on the web, into The Echo Nest’s Rosetta Stone will make it easy for many more developers to explore building cool stuff with our data. With more developers using this integration, more music fans will hear about concerts first, before tickets go on sale. It’s good news not just for fans but for artists too. And we’re all for that.