Author Topic: Bandcamp as an alternative to iTunes in Music Explorer  (Read 305 times)

fiso64

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Music explorer / artist view fetches albums and description from iTunes, which I don't use. In fact, many artists I listen to aren't on iTunes, rendering that part of the view entirely useless for me. In the cases where the artists are available on iTunes, I'd still much rather have links to purchase their albums on bandcamp.
It would be great to have bandcamp as an alternative source – the bio and additional albums can be easily scraped from the website, or retrieved via the underlying json API.

I would also be happy if the C# plugin interface was expanded to allow one to modify music explorer behavior, in that case I would implement bandcamp retrieval myself.


Steven

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does bandcamp have an api that lets you search artist/albums/tracks?

fiso64

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Dang, this looks worse than I thought. They do have an API: https://web.archive.org/web/20160512171900/http://bandcamp.com:80/developer, but unfortunately they don't give out the keys anymore. There may be workarounds: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/65085046/how-do-i-pull-album-art-thumbnail-from-bandcamp, and of course scraping is always an option, but I understand why you might not want to use this.

In case you don't want to deal with that, would you consider expanding the C# interface?
Last Edit: May 19, 2024, 08:31:38 AM by fiso64