APIs strip away unnecessary code
The fact that APIs deal only in the data actually needed makes them sleek and fast. They also have another invaluable benefit: flexibility for the end-user.
Take streaming media services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime or Disney+ as an example. They all offer the same type of data (movies and TV shows), searching and favourites lists, but they display the end results differently. What if you wanted to change the look and feel – and even the functions offered? If they provided direct access to their API, you could build any front-end system you wish. APIs simply provide the data; what you do with it is up to you – and no one is forced to use it in a specific way. Allowing end-users to do what they want creates innovation opportunities.