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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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[[MusicBrainz]] is not unique as a database of music information. For a comprehensive list, see [[wikipedia:List_of_online_music_databases|wikipedia]]. This page lists some and indicates if crosslinking is possible.
 
   
 
   
 
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!Advanced Relationship
 
!Advanced Relationship
 
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|[http://wikipedia.org Wikipedia]
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|[[wikipedia:|Wikipedia]]
 
|Wiki-based free general interest encyclopedia.
 
|Wiki-based free general interest encyclopedia.
 
|Free
 
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|[[FreeDB]]
 
|[[FreeDB]]
|Open version of [[WikiPedia:CDDB|CDDB]]. MusicBrainz supports importing [[FreeDB]] data
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|Open version of [[WikiPedia:CDDB|CDDB]].
 
|Free
 
|Free
 
|GPL
 
|GPL
 
|No
 
|No
 
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|[http://www.discogs.com/ Discogs]
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|[https://www.discogs.com/ Discogs]
 
|Commercial site, switched to a public domain license for its data in early 2008.
 
|Commercial site, switched to a public domain license for its data in early 2008.
 
|Free
 
|Free
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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]]
 
|[[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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|[http://musicmoz.org/ MusicMoz]
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|[https://musicmoz.org/ MusicMoz]
 
|Comprehensive directory of all things music, edited by volunteers. Imports data from MusicBrainz.
 
|Comprehensive directory of all things music, edited by volunteers. Imports data from MusicBrainz.
 
|Free
 
|Free
|[http://musicmoz.org/xml/license.html MusicMoz Data Use License]
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|[https://musicmoz.org/xml/license.html MusicMoz Data Use License]
 
|[[MusicMoz Relationship Type|Yes]]
 
|[[MusicMoz Relationship Type|Yes]]
 
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|[http://allmusic.com/ Allmusic]
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|[https://www.allmusic.com/ Allmusic]
 
|Commercial site. Part of content is freely available.
 
|Commercial site. Part of content is freely available.
 
|Free
 
|Free
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|No
 
|No
 
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|[http://rateyourmusic.com/ Rate Your Music]
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|[https://rateyourmusic.com/ Rate Your Music]
 
|Metadata database allowing users to rate and review albums. Commercial site.
 
|Metadata database allowing users to rate and review albums. Commercial site.
 
|Free
 
|Free
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|No
 
|No
 
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|[http://www.worldcat.org/ WorldCat]
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|[https://www.worldcat.org/ WorldCat]
 
|International network of library holdings
 
|International network of library holdings
 
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|[[Other_Databases_Relationship_Type|Yes]]
 
|[[Other_Databases_Relationship_Type|Yes]]
 
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|[http://openlibrary.org/ Open Library]
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|[https://openlibrary.org/ Open Library]
 
|Internet Archive's project for books (including audiobooks)
 
|Internet Archive's project for books (including audiobooks)
 
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|No
 
|No
 
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|[http://vgmdb.net/ VGMdb]
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|[https://vgmdb.net/ VGMdb]
 
|Database of videogame music
 
|Database of videogame music
 
|Free
 
|Free
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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]]
 
|[[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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|[http://www.metal-archives.com/ Encyclopaedia Metallum]
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|[https://www.metal-archives.com/ Encyclopaedia Metallum]
 
|Database of bands from various forms of heavy metal music
 
|Database of bands from various forms of heavy metal music
 
|Free
 
|Free
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|No
 
|No
 
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|[http://www.soundamental.org/ Soundamental]
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|[https://www.soundamental.org/ Soundamental]
 
|Database of French singles and albums. Has [[Release_Catalog_Number|catnos]] and [[Barcode|barcodes]]
 
|Database of French singles and albums. Has [[Release_Catalog_Number|catnos]] and [[Barcode|barcodes]]
 
|Free
 
|Free
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|No
 
|No
 
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|[http://www.secondhandsongs.com Second Hand Songs]
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|[https://www.secondhandsongs.com 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.
 
|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
 
|Free
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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]]
 
|[[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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|[http://www.coverinfo.de/ coverinfo.de]
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|[https://cover.info/ 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.
 
|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
 
|Free
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|No
 
|No
 
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|[http://www.whosampled.com WhoSampled]
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|[https://www.whosampled.com/ WhoSampled]
 
|Details of samples, covers and interpolations
 
|Details of samples, covers and interpolations
 
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!Advanced Relationship
 
!Advanced Relationship
 
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|[http://imslp.org/ International Music Score Library Project]
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|[https://imslp.org/ International Music Score Library Project]
 
|Holds the [http://imslp.org/wiki/ Petrucci Music Library], an internet-based collaborative music score library.
 
|Holds the [http://imslp.org/wiki/ Petrucci Music Library], an internet-based collaborative music score library.
 
|Free
 
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|Yes (as "[[rt:0cc8527e-ea40-40dd-b144-3b7588e759bf|has score]]")
 
|Yes (as "[[rt:0cc8527e-ea40-40dd-b144-3b7588e759bf|has score]]")
 
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|[http://www.musopen.com/ MusOpen]
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|[https://musopen.org/ MusOpen]
 
|Online music library of copyright free (public domain) music. Offers free music and sheet music downloads.
 
|Online music library of copyright free (public domain) music. Offers free music and sheet music downloads.
 
|Free
 
|Free

Revision as of 04:26, 30 April 2020

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. 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

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.
  • 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.

See also