Other Databases

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Other Databases of Music Metadata and Information

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

  • This list is long and unwieldy. I've tried to break it up into roughly similar sites, but the groups need to be labeled by general category (cf. IntelligentPlaylistGeneration) and license for their data (GPL, CreativeCommons, proprietary, etc.). @alex

Open Data

Free as in FreeDocumentatinLicense or CreativeCommons.

Data available at no cost

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

  • Discogs:
  • http://www.discogs.com/ - commercial site, though part of it is free; unlikely to want to share all of its data, it may be willing to share a subset -- Anonymous Coward
  • GnoD:
  • http://www.gnod.net/ - 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
  • Music City:


  • http://music.predixis.com/ - proprietary, fingerprint based; automatically analyzes music files to create lists of similar songs, artists and albums


The following is still unsorted

    • Select a CD out of the given list
      • Enjoy our similarities by clicking a headphone-icon you will be forwarded to amazon.de
  • Gracenote (formerly CDDB) - who inspired us to start by stealing all the public data

(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.

The main site currently has a 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some of the databases listed above, as well as others; it's pretty obscure (hidden in a second level SiteMenu entry), out-of-date (doesn't include recent additions like MusicMoz), and broken (www.allmusic.com search doesn't work).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 is missing (from the list above, as well as the SearchLinks page), and the following note from somebody associated with http://www.songtexts.net:

  • 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.