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Google Music getting an unofficial API soon

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Google Music getting an unofficial API soon
There are a number of new products from Google that have yet to get official APIs, but that doesn't mean that enterprising developers can't take it upon themselves to do the work that Google has yet to get around to. One of those products is Google Music, which just launched back in November. 

Recent reports said that Google was "disappointed" with the adoption rate of Google Music, which shouldn't really be a surprise given that iTunes is a difficult leader to topple, and more importantly, all-you-can-eat subscription services like Spotify and Sony's Music Unlimited are gaining more and more traction in the market. Still, there is some talk that a proper API for Google Music could help adoption. Google hasn't shown any indication that it is working on said API, so "hacker" Simon Weber decided to take it on himself. 

Weber has almost completed his API, which apparently is only missing support for non-MP3 music files. Unfortunately, because Weber has been working in Python, the API is only compatible with desktops right now, but since most of the major work is just about done, it may not be too difficult to port the protocol to mobile. Especially if there is more community involvement in helping Weber with his work. If anyone out there wants to help out, Weber has been posting his code at GitHub. 

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posted on 28 Feb 2012, 06:24 1

1. kanonk (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)

If they want google music to grow they have to give it to the rest of the world

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 07:55 1

2. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

true correct me if im wrong but isnt google music only avaliable in the states

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 07:56 2

3. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

they also need to advertise. apple advertised the hell out of itunes to make it popular.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:28 1

5. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

i can only then of one time that i have seen google music advertised and thats when it launched lol. so yeah they need apples marketing department. them bastards can advertise

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 09:11

4. ericsorensen (Posts: 53; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

The album art with google music is horrible. I like their player better than Amazon, but Amazon has got the album art figured out - better resolution and it gets it right.

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