MusicBrainz in a Nutshell

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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., Plex or 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 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.