Things You Probably Didn’t Need to Know About the iTunes Music Store. More after the break.
- You communicate with the main iTunes storefront via the phobos.apple.com address. Phobos, as you may recall, is one of Mars’ moons. Its name means fear. The other moon, Deimos, means loathing and the deimos.apple.com address is used mainly by third-party providers, like UC Berkeley Online’s iTunes U storefront.
- It’s built around a number of WebObject applications, specifically MZStore.woa (storefront/cart stuff), MZFinance.woa (mostly making purchases, subscribing to podcasts), MZSearch.woa (searching iTMS) and MZLabel.woa (for record labels to load their music–you can apply for the program here).
- A fair part of the available API can be examined with these URLs: SecureBag (mostly MZFinance calls) and StoreBag (browsing, welcome, storefront, searches).
These API calls include the following Web URLs:
Update: Other recent iTMShack articles that may be of interest include Grabbing Album Text, Switching Countries from the Command Line (and related how to), Adding iTunes Prefixes with AppleScript, Summarizing iTMS Featured Items, and iTunes Search Query via Sockets.
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