TheAudioDB.com (Community Music Metadata)

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  1. zag2me

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    I announced this over on xbmc and meedios so just thought I would let you guys know. Let me know if you want an API key for a plugin. Same idea as TheTVDB and TheMovieDB but for Music.

    Here's a new user contribution site for Audio data and Artwork.

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    www.TheAudioDB.com

    Why
    There is a TV, Movie and Games database, I always wanted to complete the set with an Audio Resource. I've been involved in both thetvdb and themoviedb for a few years so guessed it was time for something new. There are already some great sites for Music Data resources but they just didn't do it for me. Musicbrainz and Discogs are too complicated in my opinion, and Allmusic is very commercial. The idea of TheAudioDB.com is to create something as simple and easy to use as possible.

    What
    We allow Artists, Albums and Tracks(coming soon) to be added. We don't allow Singles, VA releases or Bootlegs to keep things simple. Genre's are based on a Main Genre, then a sub genre. We do allow Studio Produced Albums, Official Live Albums and Live Music DVD's (although this still needs some work).

    How?
    Just like the other sites, its based on user contributions, Just sign up and start working on the database items. There is an import function from music brainz for new Artists and Albums. Just find out the MusicBrainz ID for the Artist or the release group for the Albums and you can add to TADB with very little effort. Hopefully this will keep the database consistent and easy to use. All users can update specific details for an Artist, Album or Track once its been added. You can also "Love" any item which should produce some nice charts over time. If a particular record is thought to have been completed I guess we will lock it in the fullness of time to prevent abuse.

    I strongly encourage all users to upload artwork to http://Fanart.TV before adding any new Artists or Albums, that way we can keep the artwork all in one place. It will be Imported Automatically but cant be done at a later date.



    API
    Yep fast JSON, all details here. Just PM me on the forums for your api key.

    Development
    The site is by no means finished and still has a number of bugs and missing features. Its also still quite easy to abuse so be careful please while it gets developed further ;) Any user feature requests either post them here or on the sites forums.

    Credits
    Massive thanks to fanart.tv and MusicBrainz. Especially Kode and Martijn for the ideas and providing the artwork hosting.
     
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    Looks interesting :)
     
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    Interesting but...

    1) Singles should be definitely supported - same for collections
    2) Unofficial live recordings (aka bootlegs) should be also supported
    3) There might be some nasty copyright issues when uploading and sharing the cover art for recordings. Please remember that those fall into same catecory as the audio content itself - they have copyring that the artist is holding.
     
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    I don't think that will happen. MusicBrainz and Discogs are already nice databases of those kind of releases. I saw a need for a simple resource for music data and I think that will be how it stays. Saying that we have already allowed greatest hits, Official Live CD releases and Music DVDs.

    Yes something I have been wondering also but themoviedb seems to get away with it. Also I don't host the album covers but fanart.tv does at the moment. I'm hoping the music industry has calmed down a little on the legal side of things since people moved to digital alternatives. I actually removed lyrics from the track section for exactly this type of copywrite issue.
     
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    Singles are now supported due to popular demand ;)

    Media Portal also has an API key now.
     
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    Wonder why search box is not available from all pages. :whistle:
     
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    Hmm that is very intresting. I gonna keep eye on this thread :D
     
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