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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.

For an exhaustive list of databases that can be linked to from entities see the whitelist.

General Purpose

Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
Wikipedia Wiki-based free general interest encyclopedia Free Creative Commons Yes
Discogs Commercial site, switched to a public domain license for its data in early 2008 Free Public Domain artists, release groups, releases, labels
MusicMoz Directory of all things music, edited by volunteers. Imports data from MusicBrainz. Free Link Yes
Allmusic Commercial site. Part of content is freely available. Free Proprietary artists, release groups, recordings, works
Rate Your Music Metadata database build around ratings and reviews. Good genre and location/date data. (RYM) Free Proprietary No
Amazon Often has incorrect release dates, doesn't always mark imports as such* Free No
WorldCat International network of library holdings Free Link Yes
Open Library Internet Archive's project for books and audiobooks Free Link Yes
gnudb.org CDDB/free.db successor Free Link No
Open CD Index CDDB/free.db successor Free GPL No
CDArchiv CDDB/free.db successor (in German), supports the Hitbase application Free No
Sound Credit Music credits platform for capturing metadata in DDEX RIN format. Provides an online database. Free Proprietary No
VIAF Links person name entries of national libraries. Should contain everyone that has released a work. Free
Jaxsta Aggregator of content-owner supplied music data via DDEX. Free tier allows 5 searches/month. Paid No
GD3 Commercial CD/DVD metadata lookup site Paid Proprietary No
Gracenote Commercial site. Inspired MusicBrainz to form, by stealing public data. (formerly CDDB) Paid Proprietary No


Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
SoundtrackCollector Database of movie soundtracks Free No
VGMdb Database of videogame music Free artists, labels, releases
Encyclopaedia Metallum Database of heavy metal (and related) music (aka The Metal Archives) Free No
SA-CD.net Database of Super Audio CDs Free No
45cat Database of 7" vinyl Free Yes
LaserDisc Database Database cataloging all LaserDiscs. Also has HD DVD, CED, VHD and D-VHS releases. Free No
Songtitle.info Database of US television advert music
Encyclopédisque Database of French 7" vinyl Free No
Soundamental Database of French singles and albums. Has catnos and barcodes. Free No
SamplerInfos Database of German samplers and compilations Free No
臺灣流行音樂資料庫 Database of Taiwan popular music Free No
allmusic.hu Database of Hungarian music Free No
muzic.net.nz Database of New Zealand music Free No
AudioCulture Database of New Zealand music (focused on biographies and pictorials) Free No
Nederlandse Liederenbank Database of Dutch music. Source for origin of (old) works. Crosslinking requested. Free No


Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
The Covers Project Database of cover songs (songs performed by an artist other than the original performer). Uses MusicBrainz data. Free No
Second Hand Songs Database of cover songs containing artists, songs and covers (80K originals, 640K cover songs and 3166 songs with samples - 2018-10-27) Free artists, releases, works
coverinfo.de Database that lists more than 50K cover songs and samples. Interface in German, but there is also a English user guide. Free No
WhoSampled Database of samples, covers and interpolations Yes


Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
International Music Score Library Project Holds the Petrucci Music Library, an internet-based collaborative music score library (IMSLP) 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

Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
Last.fm Currently uses MusicBrainz data (?) Free
Curlie Open Directory, also lists other directories here Free No

'Free' Data

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

Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
GnoD Engine that relates artists to each other; the database doesn't appear to be publicly available Free


  • UPC Database: Database of Barcodes including music CDs (as well as DVDs, nappies and other assorted goods).
  • BPMDataBase: 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: A personal database of Wolf's CD and record collection, with scans. Largely electronic, with jazz other genres as well.

(please add any more you know of)

Defunct Databases

  • Echo Cloud: 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: Similar to above, but also tracks usage in samples - Down as of 5/24/07
  • Music Recommender: Database of related CDs (if you like xxx then you might like yyy) based on crawling music playlists - Down as of 2008-03
  • MoodLogic: Proprietary, fingerprint based mood and genre matching "Effective March 3, 2008, Macrovision announces the end of life (EOL) of the Moodlogic..."
  • MusicMatch: Database 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. - Inactive as of 2005-06
  • ChristianMusicPlace: Christian music site
  • The Free Track Info Xchange: Works with the Microsoft Deluxe CD Player, and also has a "universal" data converter (PLC)
  • Daz.com: Seems to mainly source data from freedb
  • Commercial Breaks & Beats: UK television advert music database
  • TrackType.org: Formerly freedb2.org
  • Web Music Database:
  • FreeDB: Successor to CDDB, redirects to gnudb.org since 2020
  • Metamuse: Database of cover songs and remixes - Possibly offline as of 2018-10
  • SonataDB: Commercial database for classical music - Seems to be offline as of 2023-01
  • Music Plasma: Very pretty related artist mapping database with audio clips; very little documentation so not sure where their data comes from - Seems to be offline as of 2023-01
  • Sample FAQ: Tells you "who sampled what from who", irregularly updated and with a hand-tooled vibe but very interesting - Seems to be offline as of 2023-01

See also


About amazon's [Import] label not being trustworthy, here is the smoke-proof to check whether the IMPORT is bogus or not on .fr. Switch the tld to .de: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00004UH7R

Check what they have as a label, in this case: Label: France (Megaphon Importservice) => it comes from france, and the [Import] is on .fr is bogus.