iLike opens up music online

iLike has introduced an open platform that enables developers to add interactive music features to their website or Facebook application.

The platform doesn’t use Adobe’s annoying Flash format for playback of files, choosing to use dead simple to build and deploy HTML and JavaScript. Users can create and edit playlists, listen to them and so on with no need to register with iLike.

“Having spent years building the underlying technology for iLike’s music service, we decided to help other developers use our underlying technology, without difficult coding, without much server-side engineering, and without having to understand the hassles and complexities of the world’s vast catalog of music,” iLike explained on its blog.

The company has launched its new platform in conjunction with a range of partners, including leading Facebook application developers SGN, Flixster, Watercooler, Connected Weddings, Slide, Mesmo TV and more. Participating top-tier consumer websites include Google, Evite and Typepad.

There are some limitations, though, the service is powered by Real’s (they still there?) Rhapsody service, which limits each individual listener to 25 songs playbacks each month, after which Real asks fro $13 per month to keep using its service (a move that’s likely to see lots of users head off to MySpace or Last.fm, but that’s Real for you).

Via: TechCrunch

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