Beats Music opens its doors to developers

Beats Music has opened up its API to the public, allowing third-party developers access to its service and catalog of music. The newest kid on the block in the streaming game has already shared its API privately with the likes of Sonos, but this presents the opportunity for more ways to get it. From CNET:

"If you're willing to pay $100 a year for music, which in my experience for all the world's music is a tremendous bargain, you should have access to music anywhere you might want it, in your car, house, anywhere," Beats Music Chief Executive Ian C. Rogers told CNET in an interview.

Beats Music is still U.S. exclusive, and will be playing catch up for a while against the more experienced players in the space. But the comment from Rogers is absolutely correct. No matter who you're getting your music from, or whether you're subscribing or buying, you want it everywhere you can get it. We've already seen that Beats Music is an early CarPlay partner, but opening up the API gives the car makers the chance to bake it into their own systems.

Have you taken up with Beats Music since it launched? Whereabouts are you keen to see your music appear?

Source: CNET

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I'm sticking with Google All Access on my iPad and Nexus. Not even considering this as an option.

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I signed up for the 3-month trial for AT&T family subscribers that expires on Cinco de Mayo, and I must say that I'm really enjoying the service. The curated playlists are wonderful, however the only part that's not good is NEW music discovery. For example, Ellie Goulding's new single dropped yesterday and Pharrell's album dropped Tuesday. There was no place this was featured or recommended anywhere - I had to search for it, which means I had to know about it ahead of time. Even Google Music has a new releases tab baked in under their explore tab, and we already know about iTunes' and Spotify's penchant for displaying new releases. Once Beats Music introduces that, I feel, at least just for me, it'll be more complete. It would force me to give up my All-Access $7.99 grandfathered plan.

it's by far the best streaming service i've used. I had the two week trial. If i was willing to pay to listen to music I'd pay for beats over the others.

But i'm not. I prefer local music, and i'd rather buy a song. And I don't need a service to discover music.