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What’s the Best Music API for Businesses?

Posted by James Thurlow on Mar 31, 2022 11:00:00 AM

The digital age has transformed music in a multitude of ways, including how it is made, played, distributed, and monetized. As a consequence, copyright holders have faced major obstacles to getting paid in the new frontier of apps, downloads and streaming, and the laws have had to catch up. But while these laws largely benefit the music makers and seldom affect the end user in any significant way, they are not as accommodating to the parties left in the middle: businesses who want to play popular music to enhance their customers' experience.

Who needs a music API?

From the large wellness company that wants to make music an integral part of its in-app experience for its thousands of users, to the indie video game studio that seeks to use music to improve player immersion, to the fitness trainer who wants to stream a custom music station to motivate a workout session, any for-profit enterprise must obtain all the right licensing to be in full compliance with copyright law. 

There are customers who have tried to go it alone, but ultimately, they often hit roadblocks. . Businesses have to deal with labels and publishers separately, and each party needs to be paid. You also have to track your plays appropriately. That takes a lot of hard work and you're going to need legal counsel.

When using Feed.fm’s music API, none of these are an issue because our customers can legally stream the music they want to their customers stress-free. It’s all in the hands of our passionate team of music and technology experts who take care of the curating, licensing and compliance behind the scenes. In other words, our product offers full indemnification, and that's just where our API advantage starts.

What makes FMG music APIs special?

A business looking to play music may not know where to turn at first and might look to a major music service such as the Spotify API or Apple Music API, but it’s important to realize the models of their APIs are not meant for apps looking to commercialize the use of music.

The Feed.fm API is one of the very few services of its kind on the market, crafted to deal with all aspects of in-app streaming including curation, formatting, and managing complex regulations that apply to commercial use. Alongside providing full indemnification, our service is custom-tailored to the individual business and their unique platforms.

The Best Music APIs for Businesses

With Feed.fm’s technical expertise, it is not uncommon to have a sample player up and running in two days. For businesses looking to add music, the sooner the better because one of the biggest benefits of an in-app music API is that it enhances the customer experience and drives ROI (Return on Investment). 

We have measured ROI across 30, 60, and 90 days for millions of app users, and our customers have tremendous retention gains when they integrate Feed.fm music. Developing APIs involves determining the interaction customers want. This includes providing cohesion so that music is playing smoothly along with their content. The best feedback we can get is when an end-user asks our customer, ‘Who is your DJ?” because they think there's someone spinning music live. 

APIs are described as the functions of the service, while our iOS, Android and JavaScript SDKs (Software Development Kits) include documentation, sample codes, and reference players. With these technologies, we are making it exceptionally easy for customers to integrate with our carefully curated music service, ultimately minimizing the time to market.

All of this is made possible by the collaboration of the highly-skilled professionals across our teams at Feed Media Group (FMG). Working for an exciting startup company that is providing a valuable, caring service for all concerned is rewarding. With our music APIs, you get custom curation and the legal assurances. Music doesn't have to be a risk.

 

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Feed Media Group is for businesses that need licensed popular music to create the most engaging customer experiences in their digital apps and physical spaces. Unlike navigating complex, time-consuming negotiations with music labels and publishers, Feed Media Group’s proprietary streaming platform and SDKs deliver pre-cleared music—compiled by the industry’s best curators—complete with user analytics, payments to rightsholders, and legal indemnification for our customers. 

Feed.fm powers music for the world’s leading brands including American Eagle Outfitters, Mayo Clinic, Mirror, Nautilus and Tonal; and up-and-coming startups use Adaptr to create unique music-based experiences. Our music partners include Warner, BMG, and Merlin. Learn more at feedmediagroup.com.

 

Topics: Music Licensing, Music for Businesses, Music API