Beats Music Courts Developers With New API

Santa Monica-based streaming music service Beats Music said Friday that it has opened up its service to software developers, releasing a new application programming interface (API) which lets developers search the Beats Music Catalog, play tracks, create and update playlists, and more. The company--which also opened up a developer site--said the public interfaces it is providing are based on the actual APIs the company has been using itself in developing its service, and that it hopes to tap into the many ideas that third party developers might have to incorporate its data and music into their own applications. The new API--which is based on the common, web-based REST standard--requires registration with Beats.