User:RobertKaye/Music Hack Day Intro Page

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This page is here so I can find it again when we participate in a Music Hack Day:

MusicBrainz is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public.

MusicBrainz aims to be:

  • The ultimate source of music information by allowing anyone to contribute and releasing the data under open licenses.
  • The universal lingua franca for music by providing a reliable and unambiguous form of music identification, enabling both people and machines to have meaningful conversations about music.

Like Wikipedia, MusicBrainz is maintained by a global community of users and we want everyone — including you — to participate and contribute.


The MusicBrainz data includes core information such a list of artists, their releases, and the tracks on the releases. We have barcodes, ISRCs, release dates, release countries and tons of other data for releases. We also have information about musical works and music labels. For all of these pieces of data, we also have Advanced Relationships that relate all of these pieces of data to web resources or other pieces of data in our database. For instance, take a look at our page on U2 and all the related data we have.

MusicBrainz also works with the acoustid acoustic fingerprinting service -- if you have music tracks that need to be identified, you can use acoustid and MusicBrainz to do that!


You can use Version 2 of our API to access MusicBrainz. You do not need to register anywhere to use MusicBrainz, nor do you need any access keys.

When you browse MusicBrainz' pages, look for details tabs that gives you more details about a data entity. This tab includes a API reference for the XML version of the data. For instance, the release page for Portishead's Dummy contains a link to the XML version of this data.

Please also take a look at our data overview and if you'd like a lot more information, please see our schema documentation.


MusicBrainz has participated in a number of Music Hack Day events.

SF 02/12

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AMS 03/12

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