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[[MusicBrainz]] is not unique as a database of music information. There are at least the following others:  
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[[MusicBrainz]] is not unique as a database of music information. For a comprehensive list, see [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_music_databases wikipedia]. This page lists some and indicates if crosslinking is possible.
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== General Purpose ==
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{| class="wikitable sortable" width="80%"
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|-
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!Site
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!Description/Notes
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!width=75px|Access
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!License
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!Advanced Relationship
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|-
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|[http://wikipedia.org Wikipedia]
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|Wiki-based free general interest encyclopedia.
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|Free
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|Creative Commons
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|[[Link Wikipedia And MusicBrainz|Yes]]
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|-
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|[[FreeDB]]
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|Open version of [[WikiPedia:CDDB|CDDB]]. MusicBrainz supports importing [[FreeDB]] data
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|Free
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|GPL
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|No
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|-
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|[http://www.discogs.com/ Discogs]
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|Commercial site, switched to a public domain license for its data in early 2008.
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|Free
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|Public Domain
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|[[rt:04a5b104-a4c2-4bac-99a1-7b837c37d9e4|artists]], [[rt:99e550f3-5ab4-3110-b5b9-fe01d970b126|release groups]], [[rt:4a78823c-1c53-4176-a5f3-58026c76f2bc|releases]], [[rt:5b987f87-25bc-4a2d-b3f1-3618795b8207|labels]]
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|-
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|[http://musicmoz.org/ MusicMoz]
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|Comprehensive directory of all things music, edited by volunteers. Imports data from MusicBrainz.
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|Free
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|[http://musicmoz.org/xml/license.html MusicMoz Data Use License]
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|[[MusicMoz Relationship Type|Yes]]
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|-
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|[http://allmusic.com/ Allmusic]
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|Commercial site. Part of content is freely available.
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|Free
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|Proprietary
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|[[rt:6b3e3c85-0002-4f34-aca6-80ace0d7e846|artists]], [[rt:a50a1d20-2b20-4d2c-9a29-eb771dd78386|release groups]], [[rt:54482490-5ff1-4b1c-9382-b4d0ef8e0eac|recordings]], [[rt:ca9c9f46-11bd-423a-b134-9109cbebe9d7|works]]
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|-
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|[[Gracenote]] (formerly CDDB)
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|Commercial site. Inspired MusicBrainz to start by stealing all the public data
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|
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|Proprietary
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|No
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|-
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|[http://rateyourmusic.com/ Rate Your Music]
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|Metadata database allowing users to rate and review albums. Commercial site.
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|Free
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|Proprietary
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|No
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|-
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|[http://www.worldcat.org/ WorldCat]
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|International network of library holdings
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|
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|
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|[[Other_Databases_Relationship_Type|Yes]]
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|-
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|[http://openlibrary.org/ Open Library]
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|Internet Archive's project for books (including audiobooks)
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|
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|
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|[[Other_Databases_Relationship_Type|Yes]]
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|}
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== Thematic ==
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{| class="wikitable sortable" width="90%"
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|-
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!Site
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!Description/Notes
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!width=75px|Access
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!License
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!Advanced Relationship
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|-
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|[http://www.soundtrackcollector.com/ SoundtrackCollector]
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|Movie soundtrack database.
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|Free
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|
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|No
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|-
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|[http://vgmdb.net/ VGMdb]
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|Database of videogame music
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|Free
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|
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|[[rt:0af15ab3-c615-46d6-b95b-a5fcd2a92ed9|artists]], [[rt:8a2d3e55-d291-4b99-87a0-c59c6b121762|labels]], [[rt:6af0134a-df6a-425a-96e2-895f9cd342ba|releases]]
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|-
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|[http://www.metal-archives.com/ Encyclopaedia Metallum]
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|Database of bands from various forms of heavy metal music
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|Free
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|
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|No
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|-
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|[http://www.sa-cd.net/ SA-CD.net]
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|Database referencing Super Audio CDs
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|Free
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|
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|No
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|-
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|[http://www.encyclopedisque.fr/ Encyclopédisque]
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|Database of French 7"
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|Free
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|
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|No
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|-
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|[http://www.soundamental.org/ Soundamental]
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|Database of French singles and albums. Has [[Release_Catalog_Number|catnos]] and [[Barcode|barcodes]]
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|Free
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|
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|No
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|-
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|[http://www.45cat.com/ 45cat]
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|Global database for 7" vinyl
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|
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|
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|[[Other_Databases_Relationship_Type|Yes]]
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|}
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== Covers ==
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{| class="wikitable sortable" width="90%"
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|-
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!Site
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!Description/Notes
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!width=75px|Access
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!License
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!Advanced Relationship
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|-
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|[http://www.coversproject.com/ The Covers Project]
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|A database of cover songs (songs performed by an artist other than the original performer). Uses MusicBrainz data.
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|Free
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|
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|No
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|-
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|[http://www.secondhandsongs.com Second Hand Songs]
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|A database of cover songs containing ''artists, songs and covers (80K originals, 640K cover songs and 3166 songs with samples)'' (2018-10-27). MB allows linking.
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|Free
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|
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|[[rt:79c5b84d-a206-4f4c-9832-78c028c312c3|artists]], [[rt:0e555925-1b7d-475c-9b25-b9c349dcc3f3|releases]], [[rt:b80dff64-9560-445a-b824-c8b432d77a52|works]]
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|-
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|[http://www.coverinfo.de/ coverinfo.de]
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|Large database that lists more than 50000 cover songs and samples, main site and interface in German, but there is also a user guide in English.
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|Free
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|
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|No
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|[http://www.metamuse.org/ Metamuse]
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|Metamuse is an ever expanding database of cover songs and remixes by major and independent record label artists from around the world. Watch videos, rate and comment on song versions by different artists. ''Possibly offline 2018-10.''
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|Free
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|
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|No
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|-
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|[http://www.whosampled.com WhoSampled]
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|Details of samples, covers and interpolations
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|
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|
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|[[Other_Databases_Relationship_Type|Yes]]
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|}
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== Classical ==
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{| class="wikitable sortable" width="90%"
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|-
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!Site
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!Description/Notes
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!width=75px|Access
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!License
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!Advanced Relationship
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|-
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|[http://imslp.org/ International Music Score Library Project]
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|Holds the [http://imslp.org/wiki/ Petrucci Music Library], an internet-based collaborative music score library.
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|Free
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|Public Domain
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|Yes (as "[[rt:0cc8527e-ea40-40dd-b144-3b7588e759bf|has score]]")
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|-
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|[http://www.musopen.com/ MusOpen]
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|Online music library of copyright free (public domain) music. Offers free music and sheet music downloads.
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|Free
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|Public Domain
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|No
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|}
  
 
== Open Data ==
 
== Open Data ==
  
Free as in [[Free Documentation License|FreeDocumentationLicense]] or Creative Commons.
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* Last.fm:  
* [[Wikipedia]]:
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*:[http://www.last.fm/ http://www.last.fm/] - ''currently uses [[MusicBrainz]] data''
*:[http://www.wikipedia.org/ http://www.wikipedia.org/] - ''It's possible to [[Link Wikipedia And MusicBrainz|LinkWikipediaAndMusicBrainz]].''
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* Open Directory:  
* [[FreeDB]]:  
 
*:[http://www.freedb.org/ http://www.freedb.org/] - ''[[MusicBrainz]] supports importing [[FreeDB]] data''
 
* Discogs:
 
*:[http://www.discogs.com/ http://www.discogs.com/] - ''commercial site, switched to a public domain license for its data in early 2008.''
 
* [[AudioScrobbler]] (Last.fm):
 
*:[http://audioscrobbler.com/ http://audioscrobbler.com/] - ''currently uses [[MusicBrainz]] data''
 
* [[MusicMoz]]:
 
*:[http://www.musicmoz.org/ http://www.musicmoz.org/] - ''imports data from [[MusicBrainz]]''
 
* [[Open Directory|OpenDirectory]]:  
 
 
*:[http://www.dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists/ http://www.dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists/]  - ''also lists other directories at [http://dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Directories/ http://dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Directories/]''
 
*:[http://www.dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists/ http://www.dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists/]  - ''also lists other directories at [http://dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Directories/ http://dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Directories/]''
  
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Free as in "Free beer, if you drink it in my bar".  
 
Free as in "Free beer, if you drink it in my bar".  
* [http://www.allmusic.com/ AllMusicGuide]:
 
*: ''commercial site. Part of content is freely available.''
 
* [http://bandbookinggenius.com/ Band Booking Genius]:
 
*: "Band Booking Genius streamlines booking live music for Concerts, Festivals, Corporate, Special & Private Events.Search by Event Date, Budget, Genre, Band Name, Location, & and other search filters for over 80,000 bands. Photos,MP3's & descriptions provided for each band."
 
 
* [http://www.gnod.net/ GnoD]:  
 
* [http://www.gnod.net/ GnoD]:  
 
*: ''nifty little engine that deals with relating artists to each other; the database doesn't appear to be publicly available, but the service is free and in a very usable state''  
 
*: ''nifty little engine that deals with relating artists to each other; the database doesn't appear to be publicly available, but the service is free and in a very usable state''  
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*: ''"Collaborative" music and artists DB. Has content from Amazon and no copyright statement (see also [http://www.music-city.org/forum.php?thread=3 thread in their forum]). Beta. Does not seem to be very active as of June 2005.''  
 
*: ''"Collaborative" music and artists DB. Has content from Amazon and no copyright statement (see also [http://www.music-city.org/forum.php?thread=3 thread in their forum]). Beta. Does not seem to be very active as of June 2005.''  
  
== Proprietary ==
 
  
* Predixis [[MusicMagic]]:
 
*:[http://music.predixis.com/ http://music.predixis.com/] - ''proprietary, fingerprint based; automatically analyzes music files to create lists of similar songs, artists and albums''
 
* [http://www.fixtunes.com/ Fix Tunes]:
 
*: ''proprietary, analyzes MP3s and corrects tags''
 
 
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== Others ==
 
== Others ==
  
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* Music Plasma: [http://www.musicplasma.com/ http://www.musicplasma.com/] - ''very pretty related artist mapping database with audio clips; very little documentation so not sure where their data comes from''  
 
* Music Plasma: [http://www.musicplasma.com/ http://www.musicplasma.com/] - ''very pretty related artist mapping database with audio clips; very little documentation so not sure where their data comes from''  
 
* UPC Database: [http://www.upcdatabase.com/ http://www.upcdatabase.com/] - ''database of [[Barcode|BarCode]]s including music CDs (as well as DVDs, nappies and other assorted goods)''  
 
* UPC Database: [http://www.upcdatabase.com/ http://www.upcdatabase.com/] - ''database of [[Barcode|BarCode]]s including music CDs (as well as DVDs, nappies and other assorted goods)''  
* The Covers Project: [http://www.coversproject.com/ http://www.coversproject.com/] - ''building a database of cover songs (songs performed by an artist other than the original performer)''
 
* Second Hand Songs: [http://www.secondhandsongs.com http://www.secondhandsongs.com] - ''a database of cover songs'' containing ''76422 songs (18172 originals, 56538 cover songs and 1712 songs with samples)'' (2008-06-24)
 
* coverinfo.de: [http://www.coverinfo.de/ http://www.coverinfo.de/] - ''large database that lists more than 50000 cover songs and samples, main site and interface in German, but there is also an user guide in English''
 
 
* Daz.com - ''Seems to mainly source data from freedb''  
 
* Daz.com - ''Seems to mainly source data from freedb''  
 
* [[BPM Data Base|BPMDataBase]]: [http://www.bpmdatabase.com/ http://www.bpmdatabase.com/] - ''database of dance music tracks with their bpm for DJs'' - Slowly dying in 2008 due to spam submissions and no non-spam submissions.  
 
* [[BPM Data Base|BPMDataBase]]: [http://www.bpmdatabase.com/ http://www.bpmdatabase.com/] - ''database of dance music tracks with their bpm for DJs'' - Slowly dying in 2008 due to spam submissions and no non-spam submissions.  
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* The Free Track Info Xchange: [http://www.threetix.net http://www.threetix.net] - ''works with the Microsoft Deluxe CD Player, and also has a "universal" data converter (PLC)''  
 
* The Free Track Info Xchange: [http://www.threetix.net http://www.threetix.net] - ''works with the Microsoft Deluxe CD Player, and also has a "universal" data converter (PLC)''  
 
* CDArchiv: [http://www.cdarchiv.de http://www.cdarchiv.de] - ''German site, database supports the Hitbase application''  
 
* CDArchiv: [http://www.cdarchiv.de http://www.cdarchiv.de] - ''German site, database supports the Hitbase application''  
* [[Gracenote]] (formerly [[CDDB]]) - ''who inspired us to start by stealing all the public data''
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* [http://viaf.org/ VIAF] - VIAF is a database that links the person name entries of national libraries together. It should contain every person that has ever released a work.
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* [http://www.liederenbank.nl/ Nederlandse Liederenbank] - Database with Dutch lyrics, tunes and songs. Source for origin of (old) works. Crosslinking requested.
  
 
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* Commercial Breaks & Beats: [http://www.commercialbreaksandbeats.co.uk/ http://www.commercialbreaksandbeats.co.uk/] - ''UK television advert music database''  
 
* Commercial Breaks & Beats: [http://www.commercialbreaksandbeats.co.uk/ http://www.commercialbreaksandbeats.co.uk/] - ''UK television advert music database''  
 
* Songtitle.info: [http://www.songtitle.info/ http://www.songtitle.info/] - ''US television advert music database''  
 
* Songtitle.info: [http://www.songtitle.info/ http://www.songtitle.info/] - ''US television advert music database''  
* Some random guy's CD collection: [http://www.ludd.luth.se/users/h-son/cd/info.html http://www.ludd.luth.se/users/h-son/cd/info.html]  
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* Some random guy's CD collection: [http://www.ludd.luth.se/users/h-son/cd/info.html http://www.ludd.luth.se/users/h-son/cd/info.html]
 
 
I think a certain type of person would love to have their CD collection info on the web, all nicely hyperlinked and with daft statistics. Maybe listing recent additions to the collection on their weblog like people list books they're currently reading or what they're currently listening to in iTunes.
 
 
 
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The main site currently has a [http://www.musicbrainz.org/engine.html Search Links] page that links to the main pages and search features of some of the databases listed above, as well as others; it's pretty obscure (hidden in a second level [[Site Menu|SiteMenu]] entry), out-of-date (doesn't include recent additions like [[MusicMoz]]), and broken (www.allmusic.com search doesn't work).  It does, however, include a number of links to lyrics sites, which might be problematic if [[MusicBrainz]] could be considered to be a contributor by linking to sites that infringe the copyrights on lyrics.
 
 
 
It is in this context that we should consider the comment that [http://lyrictracker.com http://lyrictracker.com] is missing (from the list above, as well as the [[Search Links|SearchLinks]] page), and the following note from somebody associated with [http://www.songtexts.net http://www.songtexts.net]:
 
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">I've got a Lyrics Database available with XML streams right now. Do you think it might be something for the future to add these pages to [[MusicBrainz]]. It's possible to look up certain lyrics from an artist? I'd be interested in working with you guys in the future.
 
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==Defunct Databases==
 
==Defunct Databases==
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* [[Music Match|MusicMatch]]: Their database was taken offline in September, 2007, when Yahoo! aquired them.  Yahoo! has since discontinued the [[Music Match|MusicMatch]] software and database completely.  
 
* [[Music Match|MusicMatch]]: Their database was taken offline in September, 2007, when Yahoo! aquired them.  Yahoo! has since discontinued the [[Music Match|MusicMatch]] software and database completely.  
  
[[Category:To Be Reviewed]] [[Category:External]]
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==See also==
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*[[Other Databases Relationship Type/Whitelist]]
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*[[Wikipedia:List of online music databases|List of online music databases on Wikipedia]]
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[[Category:External]] [[Category:To Be Reviewed]]

Revision as of 08:07, 27 October 2018

MusicBrainz is not unique as a database of music information. For a comprehensive list, see wikipedia. This page lists some and indicates if crosslinking is possible.

General Purpose

Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
Wikipedia Wiki-based free general interest encyclopedia. Free Creative Commons Yes
FreeDB Open version of CDDB. MusicBrainz supports importing FreeDB data Free GPL No
Discogs Commercial site, switched to a public domain license for its data in early 2008. Free Public Domain artists, release groups, releases, labels
MusicMoz Comprehensive directory of all things music, edited by volunteers. Imports data from MusicBrainz. Free MusicMoz Data Use License Yes
Allmusic Commercial site. Part of content is freely available. Free Proprietary artists, release groups, recordings, works
Gracenote (formerly CDDB) Commercial site. Inspired MusicBrainz to start by stealing all the public data Proprietary No
Rate Your Music Metadata database allowing users to rate and review albums. Commercial site. Free Proprietary No
WorldCat International network of library holdings Yes
Open Library Internet Archive's project for books (including audiobooks) Yes

Thematic

Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
SoundtrackCollector Movie soundtrack database. Free No
VGMdb Database of videogame music Free artists, labels, releases
Encyclopaedia Metallum Database of bands from various forms of heavy metal music Free No
SA-CD.net Database referencing Super Audio CDs Free No
Encyclopédisque Database of French 7" Free No
Soundamental Database of French singles and albums. Has catnos and barcodes Free No
45cat Global database for 7" vinyl Yes

Covers

Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
The Covers Project A database of cover songs (songs performed by an artist other than the original performer). Uses MusicBrainz data. Free No
Second Hand Songs A database of cover songs containing artists, songs and covers (80K originals, 640K cover songs and 3166 songs with samples) (2018-10-27). MB allows linking. Free artists, releases, works
coverinfo.de Large database that lists more than 50000 cover songs and samples, main site and interface in German, but there is also a user guide in English. Free No
Metamuse Metamuse is an ever expanding database of cover songs and remixes by major and independent record label artists from around the world. Watch videos, rate and comment on song versions by different artists. Possibly offline 2018-10. Free No
WhoSampled Details of samples, covers and interpolations Yes

Classical

Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
International Music Score Library Project Holds the Petrucci Music Library, an internet-based collaborative music score library. Free Public Domain Yes (as "has score")
MusOpen Online music library of copyright free (public domain) music. Offers free music and sheet music downloads. Free Public Domain No

Open Data

Data available at no cost

Free as in "Free beer, if you drink it in my bar".

  • GnoD:
    nifty little engine that deals with relating artists to each other; the database doesn't appear to be publicly available, but the service is free and in a very usable state
  • Web Music Database:
  • Music City:
    "Collaborative" music and artists DB. Has content from Amazon and no copyright statement (see also thread in their forum). Beta. Does not seem to be very active as of June 2005.


Others

The following is still unsorted

  • Music Plasma: http://www.musicplasma.com/ - very pretty related artist mapping database with audio clips; very little documentation so not sure where their data comes from
  • UPC Database: http://www.upcdatabase.com/ - database of BarCodes including music CDs (as well as DVDs, nappies and other assorted goods)
  • Daz.com - Seems to mainly source data from freedb
  • BPMDataBase: http://www.bpmdatabase.com/ - database of dance music tracks with their bpm for DJs - Slowly dying in 2008 due to spam submissions and no non-spam submissions.
  • Wolf's Kompaktkiste: http://www.kompaktkiste.de/
  • The Free Track Info Xchange: http://www.threetix.net - works with the Microsoft Deluxe CD Player, and also has a "universal" data converter (PLC)
  • CDArchiv: http://www.cdarchiv.de - German site, database supports the Hitbase application
  • VIAF - VIAF is a database that links the person name entries of national libraries together. It should contain every person that has ever released a work.
  • Nederlandse Liederenbank - Database with Dutch lyrics, tunes and songs. Source for origin of (old) works. Crosslinking requested.

(please add any more you know of)



The above are all general purpose music databases that we have considered working with (well, not Gracenote!). There are probably hundreds of specialist ones like:

Examples of a more tightly-focused database that is crying out to be built on top of a MusicBrainz foundation:

Defunct Databases

  • http://www.moodlogic.com/ - proprietary, fingerprint based. mood and genre matching "Effective March 3, 2008, Macrovision announces the end of life (EOL) of the Moodlogic music management and recommendation software."
  • MusicMatch: Their database was taken offline in September, 2007, when Yahoo! aquired them. Yahoo! has since discontinued the MusicMatch software and database completely.

See also