Best Buy Releases API

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I don’t know how I should feel about this. I’m very scared and feel very confused. In a move that is very unlike them, Best Buy decided to open up its entire product catalog to developers via an API. Dubbed “Remix,” the API will allow developers to earn affiliate cash by using Best Buy’s images, information and, of course, online store.

This is really neat to an extent. Best Buy could be huge dicks about what you do with the API but if they’re smart, they’ll let someone create an iPhone app and then buy it off them or cut them some revenue from it. Now that’s the beauty of sharing data.

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2 comments

  1. Thank you for the write up. I assure you that there are no jerks on the implementation of the Remix product. Our intention is purely to open the data sets and do exactly as you say in offering the data to anyone who wants to develop on it. Their are iphone apps, widgets and products already being built. If anything we have been very accommodating to the needs of our developers. (Judst ask Adaptive Blue) We are taking feedback and building out the beta version as quickly as we can. However, don’t take my word for it, sign up for an API key and give it a test run. I would be more than happy to assist you in any of your needs!
    Thanks again,
    Keith Burtis – Remix Community Manager
    bestbuyremix at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for the input, Keith. I’m interested to see how Best Buy approaches the array of apps that will no doubt be built over the coming months. I’m curious to see how developers can take this to the next level and may even have a go myself….

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