OPEN DEEZER gives developers free access to the Deezer API

3 May 2012

OPEN DEEZER offers developers open access to Deezer’s API as the French music streaming service attempts to encourage creativity and innovation ahead of a competition later this year.

Through OPEN DEEZER, developers can gain access to, not only Deezer’s catalogue of over 15m songs, but also to its user data and its full music streaming technology. There is no download required, and plug-ins are ready-to-use with cross-platform compatibility via the software development kits for Android, iOS and JavaScript for web apps.

“The Deezer Team has constantly been looking to stay ahead technologically: making the product browser-based rather than client-based, going straight for HTML5 and being first to market with streaming apps for Blackberry, iPhone, iPad and Sonos. But we know we don’t have a monopoly on great ideas, and we are thrilled to enable developers worldwide to innovate with us. There is still so much we can create to enhance people’s music experience,” says Daniel Marhely, founder and CTO of Deezer, explaining the reasons behind this open access.

Deezer Hackathons

Deezer has been available in Ireland since December 2011 and, according to the website, plans to become “the only truly worldwide music streaming service”, with availability across Europe, South America, Africa, Canada, South-East Asia and Australia high on the agenda.

Through OPEN DEEZER, the company hopes to attract the attention of talented developers across the globe. To entice them into participating, they are offering a reward of €9.99 to developers for any premium subscribers that sign up through their third-party applications.

Deezer is also planning to host the first Deezer Hackathons in Paris and Berlin this summer. Developers with great ideas and skills are invited to compete over a weekend and come up with a project that enhances the online music experience, and the victor will drive away with a brand-new Nissan Juke.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.