MusicBrainz

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MusicBrainz
MusicBrainz logo since February 2016
Type of site
Online music encyclopedia[1]
Available inEnglish
OwnerMetaBrainz Foundation
Created byRobert Kaye
URLmusicbrainz.org
CommercialNo
RegistrationOptional (required for editing data)
Users~250,000 active ever
LaunchedJuly 17, 2000; 21 years ago (2000-07-17)[2]
Current statusOnline
Content license
Part Creative Commons Zero (open data) and part CC-BY-NC-SA (not open); commercial licensing available
Written inPerl with PostgreSQL database

MusicBrainz is an music database. It is similar to the freedb project that aims to create an open data music database. The database captures information about artists, their recorded works, and create the relationships between them.

Client software[change | change source]

Freedb clients could also access MusicBrainz data through the freedb protocol by using the MusicBrainz to FreeDB gateway service, mb2freedb. The gateway was shut down on March 18, 2019.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "About". MusicBrainz. MetaBrainz. Archived from the original on 2015-05-08. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  2. "WHOIS Lookup". ICANN. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  3. "Freedb gateway: End of life notice, March 18, 2019". MetaBrainz Blog. 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2020-02-12.

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