New Apple Music API means endless integration possibilities

Developers can now integrate Apple Music into apps, software in all kinds of ways thanks to new API.

Published Fri, Apr 29 2016 12:16 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:00 PM CST

Apple has a new API for its Music service which offers a variety of exciting features for developers, allowing them to do all kinds of things they couldn't before.

New Apple Music API means endless integration possibilities |

Among them:

  • See if a user is currently an Apple Music member
  • See which country the user's account is based in
  • Queue up the next song or songs based on a song ID for playback
  • Inspect playlists already in My Music or create a new playlist with a title and description (see App Store Review Guidelines for limitations).

In turn, this added functionality opens up possibilities like Facebook creating playlists for you based on songs your friends have posted; fitness apps could create playlists based on tempo, and social music apps could pop up left and right. In short, every developer can now integrate Apple Music into their own apps and software in a ton of different ways without having to worry about things like licensing, since that's handled by Apple.

In other words, the future is bright.


Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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