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Voices.com Developer Program & Web Service API

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

June 11, 2008

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We're pleased to announce the launch of the Voices.com Developer Program and Web Services API.

Software developers will be able to build more sophisticated applications around Voices.com’s services and content.

We're confident that you'll see a massive increase in activity at Voices.com and you'll also see an increase in work opportunities as well as the diversity of voice over requests.

What's an API?

Wikipedia defines an API (Application Programming Interface) as the source code interface that a web service (Voices.com) provides to support requests made by third-parties.


How It Works

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The Voices.com API will let developers write applications that can be used to send data, such a search query or job posting details. People will be able to use their favorite web browser to access Voices.com from another website, such as an advertising network, podcast portal or voice talent agency.

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Then, Voices.com will return a search result, or if a job was posted, the client would receive auditions. If a SurePay payment is initiated, the client will receive finished digital audio back into their applications.

The API will allow people to use other websites to remotely log in to their client accounts, search for voice over talent, post jobs, and send payment online without ever having to visit the Voices.com website.


Examples of Successful APIs

Google Search

The Google Search API lets you put Google Search in your web pages with JavaScript. You can embed a simple, dynamic search box and display search results in your own web pages or use the results in innovative, programmatic ways. See the examples here for inspiration.

Google Maps

The Google Maps API lets you embed Google Maps in your own web pages with JavaScript. The API provides a number of utilities for manipulating maps (just like on the http://maps.google.com web page) and adding content to the map through a variety of services, allowing you to create robust maps applications on your website.

Yahoo! Shopping

The Yahoo! Shopping APIs enable you to use Yahoo! comparison shopping data to power your site or application. Using Yahoo! APIs, you can search our database of millions of product offers from thousands of merchants to create applications that provide comparison shopping and product search functionality, as well as display user reviews.


Examples of Applications

Radio Stations

• Radio stations receive a lot of telephone calls for everything from music requests, contest entries and people looking to contribute on talk shows.

The Application: On Hold Advertising Network

Radio stations can now monetize the hold-time by charging advertisers to have their ad inserted into their telephone system. The result? You call the local radio station to enter a contest and you hear a 10 second ad for the contests sponsor. Ads are procured with Voices.com voice talent and updated with each new contest.

Mobile Technology

• There are twice as many mobile phones as personal computers. Each mobile phone is personal, and what better way to personalize your phone than with a customized voicemail greeting.

The Application: iPhone Voicemail Greetings

Technology enthusiasts could built a simply iPhone application that allows people choose from a directory of pre-recorded iPhone voicemail greetings. Alternatively, customers could search for a professional voice over talent to a record personalized greeting for their phone.

News & Media Websites

• Localized news, weather and sports are updated on a daily basis. As the world becomes increasingly more mobile, this content should be accessible from any mobile device.

The application: An Audio News Network

Audio content is recorded, then delivered to people who subscribe to the service, making getting the latest news easy to download to your mobile phone or iPod.

Airlines

• You call the airline to check your flight time and you hear a 10 second ad for 5000 frequent flyer points when you're approved for an American Express credit card.

The application: Airline Audio Updates

Flight schedules, travel tips and other helpful information are delivered to mobile phones. The service is free for travelers, and supported by the 10 second ads which are also procured at Voices.com.


Access, Authentication & Security

Voices.com will have real-time view of who is using our web service - while simultaneously guarding against misuse. We will issue developer security keys and grant privileges only to trusted developers.

Protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information is fundamental to the way we conduct business at Voices.com. To us, providing you with the best customer service includes handling your personal information with great care and respect.


Developer Portal

Our success depends on the developer community. That’s why a Developer Portal has been launched with a comprehensive set of developer and community tools. Developers can annotate documentation with comments. A developers’ blog, wiki are moderated and managed by our team.

Developers can sign up for a free Voices.com's API Key now.

Join Now

What Do You Think of This New Program?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Stephanie and David

Related Topics: API, Google, iPhone, Online Services, radio, voicemail, Web App, Web Application, Web Services, Webservice


Comments


    Hi Stephanie,

    This appears to be another outstanding initiative by the Voices team. I can see how anyone needing to do repeated searches for talents can install this API at their web site and have the search tools immediately available to them without going to your site and clicking through. I expect both the quality and quantity of work found for members will increase as a result of this. Possibly there will be even better search functionality created by developers and all will benefit. Thanks again for this!

    Posted by:
    • Terry
    • June 11, 2008 9:34 PM

      Interesting. Depending on what developers are able to access via the API this could promote itself quite nicely.

      (and I'm assuming that everything remains FOSS, right?)

      Is this a language-dependent, or independent API?

      Posted by:

        Hi Terry and Greg,

        Thanks for commenting.

        Greg, David is the best person to answer those questions for you. I'll pass them along :)

        Best,

        Stephanie

        Posted by:

          Hi Stephanie.

          Yes... very nice feature.

          Definitely a smart move for Voices.com

          I'll be signing up later today for a key.

          Kudos to the team on another great, useful option!

          Posted by:

            While I may not TOTALLY understand how this works (I'm more Left brain than Right), I certainly can see how it can help bring more work to VO talents here!

            Congrats again, and THANKS to VOICES.COM for being ahead of the competition!

            Posted by:
            • JC Haze
            • June 12, 2008 11:02 AM

              Is the developer program now defunct?

              Posted by:
              • Jason
              • January 31, 2013 6:11 PM

                Hi Jason,

                Thank you very much for commenting and for your question. Yes, it is still running.

                Could you please fill out our customer service form letting us know that you'd like to participate so that we can get back to you with more information?

                http://www.voices.com/service/customer_care

                Thank you!
                Stephanie

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