Microsoft is extending Xbox Music API availability for third-party developers.
The company has opened access to the platform's catalogue of 38 million tracks, including artist images and artwork as well as extra information.
Developers will also have access to user-authenticated features of Xbox Music, which will be at first restricted to members of the pilot programme. This access will allow developers to read and add to subscribers’ music library and playlists.
Microsoft will be providing access to 30-second previews of tracks in their catalogue, as HTTP progressive downloads. Full track streaming will be available for Xbox Music Pass subscribers.
In addition to the service features, Microsoft is also launching an affiliation offer. When developers redirect users to the Xbox Music app, they can earn a 5% share on purchases and 10% on all music pass payments for the lifetime of the subscription. In the US, this would equal $1 per user per month.
The MSDN blog post states: “We want to make it very easy for you to start experimenting and integrating with Xbox Music”. A GitHub page with a sample portable .Net SDK has been opened to encourage this.