Practical Perl Tools: Perl to the Music
David N. Blank–Edelman
Given all of the APIs and their Perl interactions we’ve discussed in this column, it is a little surprising it has taken me this long to get around to one of my favorite subjects: music. I started to pay closer attention to the APIs of the streaming music services right around the time one of my favorites (Rdio) was shuttered. I had amassed a pretty large collection of artists and albums I wanted to replicate on another service and was concerned about extracting the info from their service before it closed down. Luckily, the engineers at Rdio were equally concerned for their users and did a superb job of providing each user with an export of their data. But that started me down the path of wondering just what I could do in Perl to interact with my music data.