The Echo Nest, Rdio Hope to Make Sweet Music Apps Together

Music intelligence platform The Echo Nest teamed up with on-demand social music service Rdio to assist developers in building music apps, tapping Rdio’s catalog of more than 8 million licensed songs and using technology from The Echo Nest.

Music intelligence platform The Echo Nest teamed up with on-demand social music service Rdio to assist developers in building music apps, tapping Rdio’s catalog of more than 8 million licensed songs and using technology from The Echo Nest.

The first fruit of their labor is Music Maze, a streaming service that takes a single suggestion and uses The Echo Nest’s music intelligence technology to mine similarities between artists and recommend more music.

Nonsubscribers to Rdio can access 30-second previews of each track, while subscribers gain full access to all 8 million-plus songs, as well as features built into the apps including music discovery, gaming, social networking, location tagging, and playlist sharing.

And Rdio’s LinkShare affiliate program allows developers that attract new subscribers to Rdio to earn 2 percent-3 percent of resulting subscription fees for as long as those users subscribe, or 7 percent on each a la carte song purchase.

The two companies said joining their talents will allow app developers to build sophisticated mobile and Web apps with access to licensed music and features that allow users to categorize, filter, analyze, understand, and manipulate their libraries.

The Echo Nest CEO Jim Lucchese said:

This partnership with Rdio brings together unique strengths: Rdio’s extensive music catalog and user base with The Echo Nest’s rich music data and developer platform. Together, we’re giving developers everything they need to build engaging, commercially successful music applications. Music Maze sets a high standard for the types of music apps that will emerge from this partnership. I can’t wait to see what happens when our community of more than 7,000 developers gets its hands on this offering.

Rdio vice president of engineering Todd Berman added:

Through our relationship with The Echo Nest, we’ve just made it super easy for developers to legally access Rdio’s music catalog and build applications for the Rdio service. 8 million-plus songs and a growing community of social music fans are a fantastic platform for innovation, and we’re expecting the entire Web 2.0 ecosystem to benefit as a result.