Getty teams up with Echo Nest to bring music photographs to your streaming sounds


posted Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 3:10 PM EDT


Usually, when you're streaming music over the internet, you're limited to a relatively boring view of album cover art. But that's all set to change thanks to Getty Images and the Echo Nest teaming up to bring music photography to your music stream.

Echo Nest provides the Dynamic Music Data service, which brings information about music and artists to sites like MTV, Nuance, the BBC, and Yahoo Music. Now, if those clients pay an extra fee, they can license Getty's images alongside the music. Thanks to decades of photography, Getty has thousands of images of musicians and concerts, which the new API will tap into. So if you're listening to the Beatles, you'll actually see curated photos of them, rather than just the cover to Revolver (or what have you).

According to Billboard, Getty has some 27,000 photos that will be integrated with Dynamic Music Data, and will be covered under a flat monthly fee. At least part of this image archive comes from the 2007 purchase of the Michael Ochs archive of musicians and celebrities.

While it might take a while to roll out (after all, Echo Nest's clients have to sign up for the service, too), but eventually if you're listening to some streaming audio on the likes of Yahoo Music, you might see some incredible old concert photography while you're at it.

(via PopPhoto)