List of music service API’s and analytics websites

With so many music services out there, it can be hard for artists to keep track of all of the developer API’s and data analytics programs that each music service offers. In fact, some music platforms don’t do a great job letting artists know that these API’s and analytics websites even exist.

To help you with this, I’ve compiled a list of links to music platform sites offering official API’s and analytics tools. The list below includes API and analytics links for services such as Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Pandora, Spotify, and many more.

Developer API’s versus analytics websites

Developer API’s are meant for those who are technically inclined. They allow developers to programmatically search, browse, and modify the music platform data, such as the album info, playlists, artist info, etc. They are offered by companies to allow developers (in this case that means you as an artist) to access backend features and data in their system. API’s are not web pages; rather, they are interfaces that programmers can use to mine platform data, which can then be used to create apps and web pages, or to import the data directly into another system. Many of these music service API’s are RESTful interfaces, which simply means that they can be accessed using standard HTTP commands (e.g. GET, POST, PUT) like you use when browsing the Internet. If you plan on using these API’s, you’ll probably want to know how to do some basic programming, as well as the basics of HTML, JavaScript, and JSON.

Analytic sites, on the other hand, are usually reporting websites created by music services that allow you as an artist to view lots of private details about your own sales, streams, downloads, user demographics, etc. on those music platforms. Many analytic sites allow you to create custom reports and even download your data by using user-friendly web pages.

Here’s the list of music service API’s and analytics sites

Without further ado, here is the list of official API’s and analytics websites that are offered by popular music services such as Apple Music and Spotify.


Other things to consider

If you use a music distributor like CD Baby or TuneCore to distribute your music to lots of music platforms, make sure to login to your account there and look around, since most of those systems offer analytics for their own platform and for lots of other music services that they distribute to.

There are some sites, such as NextBigSound that aggregate data directly from lots of music platforms and social sites. In fact, Pandora now offers artist data exclusively through NextBigSound. Make sure to check out NextBigSound’s other features.

Also, I intentionally didn’t include unofficial 3rd-party sites that offer similar API’s and analytic services. It would be a big list, and you can unknowingly break the terms of service for a music platform by using them. So, be careful about using 3rd-party API’s and tools.

If you know of any other official music service API’s or analytics sites that aren’t listed above, why not share them with everyone in the comments below.

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