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What's this Echonest API in AmpJuke ?
First and foremost: I haven't signed up to promote the Echonest in any way, - but their API is simply brilliant!
I obtained and API-key and you should seriously consider doing the same after reading the rest of this FAQ-entry (and perhaps the links below).
Here's why: With the Echonest feature enabled, AmpJuke takes a huge leap towards the ultimate experience of listening to your music. The Echonest feature actually ‘identifies’ the song you are playing – analyses the sound, dynamics, and rhythmic aspects among other things.
Actually, the previous sentence was chopped (and modified, naturally) from a sales pitch for the BeoSound 5 Encore flagship product from Bang & Olufsen ( view it here). But it quite well outlines what you can expect when enabling Echonest in AmpJuke!
Well, I don't have the funds available currently (if ever) to purchase a BeoSound 5 Encore (tends to be a bit pricey), and I'm also a huge fan of enabling "tweaking"/adjustment of parameters for something like this. So I went for a similar level of functionality, almost, as the one found in BeoSound 5 Encore, - and possibly a lot of other hardware/software as well.
However, enabling something like the above mentioned only requires AmpJuke and an API-key from the Echonest. It suits my budget a little better :)
What to do from here.
Assuming you're stille curious, here's what you might want to do next:
Download and install AmpJuke.
Sign up for an API-key at the Echonest.
Read/learn more below...
Other documentation related to the Echonest API in AmpJuke:
What it is (this doc.).
How to configure.
Improved listening experience.