With the hopes of futher empowering music fans to customize their online experience, AOL today announced the launch of the AOL Music Now Web Services. The new developer site offers tools to enable web developers, bloggers, and individual music fans to add custom feeds of artists, albums, charts, playlists and other dynamic music information from AOL Music Now directly to other sites including their own website, blog, or AIM Pages beta profile.
The Music Now Web Services release builds on AOL’s recent efforts in the open API space including developer releases for the AIM, MapQuest as well as third-party development for the Winamp MP3 player, which boasts more than 50 million unique users worldwide according to comScore Media Metrix stats. The site provides instructions and documentation and utilizes standard RSS feeds.
Users can subscribe to AOL Music Now data feeds through My AOL or website to create and publish dynamically-updated music features within sites and applications like email, blogs, social networking pages, and the new AIM Pages service, which is currently in beta.
“AOL Music Now Web Services opens a world of new opportunities to take digital music beyond the borders of one application or web site,” said Neil Smith, Vice President, AOL Music Now in a press statement. “From the tens of millions who use Winamp and visit AOLmusic.com each month, we know there is a tremendous amount of passion – not only for experiencing music but also expressing with it. These simple tools for AOL Music Now, empower developers and fans to take that expression to a new level.”