July 26th, 2011

Looking for licensed music? Portland’s Rumblefish has an API — and more than 4 million licensed tracks in the wild


Looking for licensed music? Portland’s Rumblefish has an API — and more than 4 million licensed tracks in the wild

Portland has always received recognition for its independent and somewhat underground music scene. So it’s no surprise that its music startups take a similar tact.

CD Baby, for example, is largest online distributor of independent music. They’re here in Portland.

Didn’t realize that? Well, here’s another surprise. Portland music startup Rumblefish is making some noise in the music industry, as well. In fact, they’ve just celebrated more than four million downloads of their licensed music—and now there’s an API to make using their tunes even easier.

That’s pretty big news. Four million pieces of content contain Rumblefish licensed songs. Four million.

And like most Portland things, it’s all happened pretty quietly. Until now.

Rumblefish, the leader in music licensing for social media, today celebrates four million songs licensed from its music catalog in user-generated videos, slideshows, presentations and games. New content partnerships have grown the company’s music catalog over the past year from 35,000 to more than 400,000 songs. Also today, the company is announcing the availability of the Rumblefish API to the greater development community, and three integration partners.

What does the API do? According to Mashable:

Now, for example, an app that allows users to make home movies and post them to social networks can also give folks the option to license music for the videos for a fee. Users can browse playlists, receive soundtrack recommendations and search for and filter music via attributes (mood, instrument, tempo, etc.).

API partners will qualify for a share of the revenue garnered from licensing as well, but Rumblefish could not provide us with an exact percentage partners will earn. It will depend on the product.

Interested in getting your hands dirty? Head on over to the Rumblefish API documents.

For more details, visit Rumblefish, like Rumblefish on Facebook, or follow @rumblefish_inc on Twitter.

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10 Responses to “Looking for licensed music? Portland’s Rumblefish has an API — and more than 4 million licensed tracks in the wild”

  1. Don Park says:

    Great to see a piece on Rumblefish. My first thought was if someone wants to make a turntable.fm clone, Rumblefish could be their catalog of tracks. I just checked on an old turntable blog post – they use medianet(mndigital.com) with “millions” of songs available.

    Rumblefish’s 400,000 songs has got to be enough to start a similar service. How their licensing prices compare I don’t know.

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