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[[MusicBrainz]] is not unique as a database of music information. There are at least the following others:  
 
[[MusicBrainz]] is not unique as a database of music information. There are at least the following others:  
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== General Purpose ==
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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://wikipedia.org Wikipedia]
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|Wiki-based free general interest encyclopedia. It's possible to [[Link Wikipedia And MusicBrainz]].
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|Free
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|Creative Commons
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|[[Wikipedia Relationship Type|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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|[[Discogs Relationship Type|Yes]]
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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://www.allmusic.com/ AllMusicGuide]
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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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|No
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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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|[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.soundunwound.com/ SoundUnwound]
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|Amazon fork of MusicBrainz database.
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|Free
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|Proprietary
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|No
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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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|[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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|[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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|No
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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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|[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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== 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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|[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). Use MusicBrainz data.
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|Free
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|No
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|[http://www.secondhandsongs.com Second Hand Songs]
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|A database of cover songs containing ''76422 songs (18172 originals, 56538 cover songs and 1712 songs with samples)'' (2008-06-24)
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|Free
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|No
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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 an user guide in English
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|Free
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|No
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== Open Data ==
 
== Open Data ==
  
Free as in [[Free Documentation License|FreeDocumentationLicense]] or Creative Commons.
 
* [[Wikipedia]]:
 
*:[http://www.wikipedia.org/ http://www.wikipedia.org/] - ''It's possible to [[Link Wikipedia And MusicBrainz|LinkWikipediaAndMusicBrainz]].''
 
* [[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):  
 
* [[AudioScrobbler]] (Last.fm):  
 
*:[http://audioscrobbler.com/ http://audioscrobbler.com/] - ''currently uses [[MusicBrainz]] data''
 
*:[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]]:  
 
* [[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]:  
 
* [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."  
 
*: "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."  
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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''
 
 
* [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.
 
* [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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* 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]  
 
* 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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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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*[[Wikipedia:List of online music databases|List of online music databases on Wikipedia]]
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[[Category:External]]

Revision as of 21:52, 29 August 2010

MusicBrainz is not unique as a database of music information. There are at least the following others:

General Purpose

Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
Wikipedia Wiki-based free general interest encyclopedia. It's possible to Link Wikipedia And MusicBrainz. 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 Yes
MusicMoz Comprehensive directory of all things music, edited by volunteers. Imports data from MusicBrainz. Free MusicMoz Data Use License Yes
AllMusicGuide Commercial site. Part of content is freely available. Free Proprietary No
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
SoundUnwound Amazon fork of MusicBrainz database. Free Proprietary No

Thematic

Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
SoundtrackCollector Movie soundtrack database. Free No
VGMdb Database of videogame music Free No
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

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). Use MusicBrainz data. Free No
Second Hand Songs A database of cover songs containing 76422 songs (18172 originals, 56538 cover songs and 1712 songs with samples) (2008-06-24) Free No
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 Free No




Open Data

Data available at no cost

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

  • 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."
  • 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.

Proprietary

  • Predixis MusicMagic:
    http://music.predixis.com/ - proprietary, fingerprint based; automatically analyzes music files to create lists of similar songs, artists and albums
  • Fix Tunes:
    proprietary, analyzes MP3s and corrects tags


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.

(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:

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.

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