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News stories and articles


2011-07-31: PCWorld covers using Picard to organize your music library.


2010-03-01: Music based community site So☆Rock! (now Anusaya) publishes an article describing what MusicBrainz is.


2009-11-16: Music search engine SEMSIX launches globally, powered in part by MusicBrainz.

2009-10-29: Wendy Hall & Nigel Shadbolt write about MusicBrainz in the context of the web of linked data.

2009-08-29: Gavin Stuart of geeks.co.uk talks with Robert Kaye about MusicBrainz, the forthcoming schema release and the philosophy of MB.

2009-07-02: Geoffrey A. Fowler of the Wall Street Journal reviews Picard and compares it to the commercial TuneUp application.

2009-05-25: An article at Spanish technology portal VNUNET talks about using Picard to edit MP3 metadata. (in Spanish)

2009-04-21: Karl Hodge of Tech Radar recommends using MusicBrainz Picard in his guide to cleaning up your iTunes library.

2009-01-21: Tim Ferguson (via silicon.com) writes in BusinessWeek about the BBC's semantic web technology and its use of the MusicBrainz "open source 'metadatabase' " to enable its technology and reduce its licensing costs.

2008 and earlier

2008-09-15: Joseph Tartakoff of the San Francisco Chronicle talks to Robert Kaye about MusicBrainz Picard as a competitor to Tune-Up.

2007-12-27: David Shamah of newsgeek.com, writing for The Jerusalem Post, talks about using MusicBrainz and Picard to tag unknown mp3s correctly.

2007-11-06: French magazine Numerama releases a detailed article comparing existing Music Databases (Last.fm, Discogs, AllMusic, RateYourMusic, MusicBrainz, Wikipedia). (in French)

2005-06-07: Punto Informatico, an Italian "internet daily," has a detailed review of the Windows Tagger that also mentions the MusicBrainz Picard. (In italiano)

2005-06-05: The Washington Post includes a short review of the Windows Tagger in their Personal Tech column.

2005-04-19: Barrapunto, the "Spanish Slashdot," covers the MetaBrainz launch. (in Spanish)

2005-04-19: Netzwelt.de covers the MetaBrainz launch (in German) (via archive.org)

2005-03-21: The Wall Street Journal mentions MusicBrainz in an article on music metadata.

2004-08-24: A review of MusicBrainz in Micro Hebdo. (in French)

2004-07-16: French computer magazine Clubic has a review of the MusicBrainz Tagger as an alternative to MoodLogic. (in French)

2004-07-13: French open-source software site Framasoft.net has a review of the MusicBrainzTagger. (in French)

2004-07-06: Wired News has a "puff piece" on Gracenote quoting Robert Kaye's criticisms and mentioning MusicBrainz as an alternative.

2004-05-27: Barrapunto, the "Spanish Slashdot", has an item on the KDE mediaplayer JuK and its use of MusicBrainz. (in Spanish)

2003-10-03: Perl.com has an article about using MusicBrainz lookup functions in perl scripts.

2003-07-21: Wired News has an article on Muse.net that mentions MusicBrainz.

2003-02-27: Wired News has an article on MusicBrainz following up on the launch.

2003-02-18: Russian magazine Компьютерра–Онлайн (Computerra Online) has an article on MusicBrainz. (in Russian)

2003-02-12: Articles about the MusicBrainz launch appear in PC Magazine (Ziff Davis) and Slashdot, as well as German sites nickles.de and Pro-Linux.de. (in German)

2002-12-01: IBM developerWorks has an article about MusicBrainz that focuses on the Metadata Initiative.

2002-08-01: Entrepreneur Magazine's August issue covers the Semantic Web in the article 'Arguing Semantics' and mentions MusicBrainz as an example application; Entrepreneur Magazine, August 2002, pp. 19-20.

2002-02-12: Our own Aaron Swartz wrote an article: "MusicBrainz: A Semantic Web Service" for IEEE Intelligent Systems Journal, Jan-Feb 2002, pp. 76-77.

2001-11-10: Newsforge covers MusicBrainz in their Open Source alive and well at O'Reilly P2P conference article. (via archive.org)

2001-05-24: C-NET News covers the Roxio suit and mentions MusicBrainz as one of the Gracenote alternatives.

2000-10-20: Wired News mentions MusicBrainz in their Taking Stock of the Music Scene article. (via archive.org)

Blog items


2011-07-17: Brenna Ehrlich talks about GoRankem, a crowd-sourced mashup with MusicBrainz data that deals with ratings and recommendations.

2011-06-24: Nat Torkington mentions Echoprint, EchoNest and MusicBrainz's new open source fingerprinting initiative.


2010-08-25: A detailed blog post in 2 parts (part 1, part 2) explaining how to tags audio files using MusicBrainz Picard.


2009-11-27: Open Knowledge Foundation blog publishes an interview with Robert Kaye talking about origins of the project, reasons for choosing open licenses, the role of community and future of MusicBrainz.

2009-07-07: Tuxradar.com publishes a guide to organise your music with Picard.

2009-05-24: Jason Fitzpatrick of lifehacker.com nominates Picard as one of their "Six Best MP3 Tagging Tools".

2009-04-16: Eliot van Buskirk of wired.com reports on MacroVision's purchase of Muze, discussing the effect this may have on support for open-source community metadata providers such as MusicBrainz.

2009-04-06: Jemima Kiss of The Guardian talks to BBC's Matthew Shorter on opening up BBC Music and its use and integration with MusicBrainz.

2009-02-18: Marc Hibbins talks about BBC's work on integrating and exposing semantic data and points out the value of MusicBrainz unique identifers.


2008-10-28: Creative Commons' blog publishes an interview with Robert Kaye talking about CreativeCommons usage in MusicBrainz, community projects and the future of MusicBrainz.

2008-09-02: Andrea James from the Seattle Post Intelligencer talks about the launch of Amazon's SoundUnwound service using MusicBrainz data.

2008-07-28: Matthew Shorter talks about the launch of BBC's Dynamic Artist Pages beta program and its use of MusicBrainz identifers and data.

2008-07-04: Rob Pegoraro, of the Washington Post mentions MusicBrainz, Picard and iEatBrainz in a column Q&A on tagging music files with unknown artist names and tracks.

2005 and earlier

2005-04-19: Joi Ito talks about the launch of the MetaBrainz Foundation.

2005-03-28: Christopher Schmidt talks about using MusicBrainz with the MeNow project.

2004-10-23: Brian Alger's Cybersphere blog has an item on MusicBrainz and Ethnomusicology. (via archive.org)

2004-10-13: Mike Linksvayer of Creative Commons publishes two posts about MusicBrainz.

2004-03-20: Japanese blog OTO-NETA has an item on MusicBrainz. (in Japanese)

2004-03-20: Creative Commons' blog posts an entry announcing MusicBrainz for OS X support with the release of the iEatBrainz tagger.

2003-09-22: Leigh Dodd's Lost Boy blog notes his release of a beta-1 Java API for MusicBrainz.

2003-03-07: Joi Ito's Web publishes a blog post about Robert Kaye and MusicBrainz.

2003-02-18: The Flexistentialism blog publishes a brief introduction to MusicBrainz.

2003-02-11: Gordon Mohr of Bitzi analyzes the MusicBrainz launch on his O'Reilly Developer blog.

2003-01-28: Musician Lisa Rein's blog mentions Robert Kaye and MusicBrainz in an article on Ogg Vorbis.

Press releases

See MetaBrainz press releases.

2003-02-11: MusicBrainz' first press release covered the official MusicBrainz launch and the related artist dataset that was contributed by Agent Arts.

2000-09-06: Relatable announces the release of its TRM technology and its integration with MusicBrainz.