Gracenote has established itself at the forefront of the media metadata industry and, earlier in January, we reported on the company’s new Rhythm API. The platform gives developers access to a new set of music suggestion algorithms, which can then be weaved into apps and services that offer radio stations, or infinite playlists based on a specific artist, album, track or genre. It’s all about enabling intuitive music discovery and accurate recommendations.

Now, Gracenote has announced it’s incorporating Next Big Sound’s real-time music consumption and trending data into Rhythm. Next Big Sound, for the uninitiated, is an online analytics platform that measures the popularity of bands across the Web, covering music-streaming services, social networks and radio (read our 2009 launch coverage here).

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While Gracenote may be best known as the company whose music database automatically recognizes tracks you rip from CDs on your computer, it has also provided the data for iTunes Genius, in-car entertainment systems, and even Twitter’s Verified account process for bands and musicians. Basically, its data is used in many services you use on a regular basis, and now developers can create more personalized recommendations that include new and emerging artists.

Gracenote Rhythm Internet Radio API will be made commercially available in February 2014.

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