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* Your '''fans''' - may be using a MusicBrainz powered tagger such as ''[https://picard.musicbrainz.org/ Picard]'' or ''[http://beets.io/ beets]'' to tag music of yours they have bought with additional metadata or play your music using a MusicBrainz aware music player (e.g., ''[http://www.foobar2000.org/ foobar2000]'' or ''[https://www.videolan.org/ VLC]'') or media center (e.g., ''[https://kodi.tv/ Kodi]''). A non-exhaustive list of applications that utilise MusicBrainz data to some degree can be seen at [[MusicBrainz Enabled Applications]].
 
* Your '''fans''' - may be using a MusicBrainz powered tagger such as ''[https://picard.musicbrainz.org/ Picard]'' or ''[http://beets.io/ beets]'' to tag music of yours they have bought with additional metadata or play your music using a MusicBrainz aware music player (e.g., ''[http://www.foobar2000.org/ foobar2000]'' or ''[https://www.videolan.org/ VLC]'') or media center (e.g., ''[https://kodi.tv/ Kodi]''). A non-exhaustive list of applications that utilise MusicBrainz data to some degree can be seen at [[MusicBrainz Enabled Applications]].
 
* Your '''search engine''' - ''Google'' is using MusicBrainz for its "OneBox" when you search for musical artists and ''WolframAlpha'' is using MusicBrainz to answer music related questions.
 
* Your '''search engine''' - ''Google'' is using MusicBrainz for its "OneBox" when you search for musical artists and ''WolframAlpha'' is using MusicBrainz to answer music related questions.
* '''researchers''' and scientists - MusicBrainz data is being used for research by students and scientists at ''Universitat Pompeu Fabra'' (Barcelona, Spain), ''Queen Mary University of London'' (England, UK), and other institutions around the world.
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* '''researchers''' and '''scientists''' - MusicBrainz data is being used for research by students and scientists at ''Universitat Pompeu Fabra'' (Barcelona, Spain), ''Queen Mary University of London'' (England, UK), and other institutions around the world.
  
 
A comprehensive list of the bigger actors using MusicBrainz data can be found at https://metabrainz.org/supporters but there are also a lot of other smaller web sites and other services in the wild that use the data but which MusicBrainz do not necessarily know about.
 
A comprehensive list of the bigger actors using MusicBrainz data can be found at https://metabrainz.org/supporters but there are also a lot of other smaller web sites and other services in the wild that use the data but which MusicBrainz do not necessarily know about.

Revision as of 07:55, 18 August 2016

What is MusicBrainz?

MusicBrainz is a user curated database with information about music. It doesn't actually have the music, only information about music. R. Kelly's Chocolate Factory is a good example of the kind of information it (can) store.

Who uses MusicBrainz?

  • Your digital music service - Spotify, YouTube, Google Play, Amazon, 7digital, MusixMatch, 8Tracks, and more use MusicBrainz data to improve their own internal algorithms.
  • Your radio station - BBC uses MusicBrainz extensively for anything related to music. Other radio stations also use MusicBrainz data either to improve their internal database or to simply replace it.
  • Your fans - may be using a MusicBrainz powered tagger such as Picard or beets to tag music of yours they have bought with additional metadata or play your music using a MusicBrainz aware music player (e.g., foobar2000 or VLC) or media center (e.g., Kodi). A non-exhaustive list of applications that utilise MusicBrainz data to some degree can be seen at MusicBrainz Enabled Applications.
  • Your search engine - Google is using MusicBrainz for its "OneBox" when you search for musical artists and WolframAlpha is using MusicBrainz to answer music related questions.
  • researchers and scientists - MusicBrainz data is being used for research by students and scientists at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain), Queen Mary University of London (England, UK), and other institutions around the world.

A comprehensive list of the bigger actors using MusicBrainz data can be found at https://metabrainz.org/supporters but there are also a lot of other smaller web sites and other services in the wild that use the data but which MusicBrainz do not necessarily know about.