echonestA new partnership that was announced last week between Echo Nest and Getty Images will give many top music apps a facelift. Currently, many of the world’s top music apps, including those from MTV, the BBC and Yahoo, have relied on album images or other images that are provided by artists, and labels. While many of the images are great they are also widespread across the internet and have been seen everywhere.

EchoNest, one of the biggest sources of music intelligence and music content for developers will curate and deliver tens of thousands of Getty Images to the world’s leading music apps. These images will include backstage photos, event photos, and concert footage shot by some of the best music photographers in the world.

“Fans appreciate seeing images of the artists they love as they listen to, read about, and share music. However, the difficulty of licensing high-quality artist photographs has forced music sites and apps to rely primarily on album art as a graphical representation of artists,” said Shane Tobin, Director of Strategic Partnerships at The Echo Nest. “We are pleased to partner with Getty Images to solve this problem by making it incredibly simple to serve up the best music data and the best artist images through a single solution.”

MTV, Nuance, the BBC, Yahoo Music, and other music services and music content providers are using Dynamic Music Data from The Echo Nest to deliver real-time, socially-connected music experiences. Getty Images’ Connect API allows customers to license Getty Images’ content directly through The Echo Nest. The Echo Nest provides filtered API access to the best representative images for each artist from Getty Images’ vast catalog, and appends those images with descriptive tags (e.g., group shots, landscape/portrait, runway, etc.) to help customers show the best images for each user experience.

“Getty Images powers all forms of digital content including audio, images and video, and we are excited to partner with The Echo Nest to enhance the music for end users around the world,” said Craig Peters, ?Senior Vice President of Business Development, Marketing and Content, Getty Images. “The combination of The Echo Nest’s Dynamic Music Data solution with Getty Images’ best in class library of content delivers a truly dynamic and immersive experience.”

The EchoNest’s Dynamic Music Data solution makes it easy to build rich music experiences that display the latest artist bios, images, videos, news, blog posts and other dynamic content from around the web. Unlike basic music metadata providers, The Echo Nest combines real-time music content feeds with its unique descriptive artist data, including 700+ genres, artist “hotttnesss,” artist familiarity, and other attributes that help to power unique, engaging user experiences.

EchoNest has a variety of solutions for app developers of all sizes. Find out more about EchoNest here.