MusicBrainz is not unique as a database of music information. There are at least the following others:
Free as in FreeDocumentationLicense or Creative Commons.
- http://www.discogs.com/ - commercial site, switched to a public domain license for its data in early 2008.
- AudioScrobbler (Last.fm):
Data available at no cost
Free as in "Free beer, if you drink it in my bar".
- commercial site. Part of content is freely available.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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
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)
- The Covers Project: 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 - 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/ - 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
- 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
- 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:
- Sample FAQ: http://the-breaks.com/ - tells you "who sampled what from who", irregularly updated and with a hand-tooled vibe but very interesting
- Commercial Breaks & Beats: http://www.commercialbreaksandbeats.co.uk/ - UK television advert music database
- 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
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.
- Echo Cloud: http://www.echocloud.net/ [not working] - database of related artists (if you like xxx then you might like yyy) based on crawling P2P networks - Down as of 2008-03.
- Cover Songs Database: http://slicks.ulyssis.org/coverdb/ - similar to above, but also tracks usage in samples - Down as of 5/24/07
- Music Recommender: http://recommender.ipsi.fhg.de/music/cds.aspx - database of related CDs (if you like xxx then you might like yyy) based on crawling music playlists Down as of 2008-03.
- 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."