“Why are there so few solid Facebook music apps — and why don’t the music apps on other platforms include those handy Facebook “like” buttons, which seem to have shown up just about everywhere else?” asks The Echo Nest in a blog post. “The reason: It’s simply too hard for app developers to map links and “likes” to all of the artist pages on Facebook, because like other services, Facebook assigns its own unique identifiers and URLs to each artist.” The company is trying to solve that problem by adding Facebook IDs into its Project Rosetta Stone, which it describes as ‘a translator for music IDs’ that lets developers hook into APIs from the likes of 7digital, Rdio, Musicbrainz and now Facebook. “As a result of all of this, music fans can expect a new generation of socially-connected music apps to emerge not only on Facebook, but on other app platforms including smartphones, tablets and the web. And they should start seeing those “like” buttons appear in music apps. Finally.” To promote use of Rosetta Stone, The Echo Nest has launched a competition to award $10,000 to a developer that makes the best app using the platform and Facebook.
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