Audio streaming company SoundCloud today announced a change to the experience for developers who want to build new apps that take advantage of SoundCloud’s application programming interface (API). Now developers will need to submit an application before getting an API key for each app if the app does not already have one.
The application asks developers to tell the company what a given app does, how it generates revenue, whether the use of the API is for a business, and whether it plays back content.
Some other companies — including Evernote, Google, PayPal, and Twitter — ask developers for certain information before granting API access. But not every company asks for a great lot of information about each app in the way that SoundCloud is now; rather than providing self-service for developers, SoundCloud is now reviewing every single application.
In a blog post today, SoundCloud said it made the change to “focus on the experiences that will most benefit our creators and listeners. Here’s the broader explanation:
SoundCloud was founded in 2007 and has 175 million listeners each month, with more than 135 million tracks.