An alternative choice to freedb?

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tomars
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An alternative choice to freedb?

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I know Gracenote isn't free to use in programs, so I'm not suggesting that.
But once iTunes has looked up your CD info, it stores it in CD Info.cidb. If Max could get CD information from this file (and then from freedb if the user chooses to) it wouldn't have to connect to another source for cd info.

This way, my AAC files, ripped with iTunes for my iPod, will have the same track, title, artist, year etc info as my lossless backup files ripped with Max.

There are a couple of reasons I find CDDB to be superior to freedb, the main one being it isn't full of entries by people who can't use the shift key. I personally have a number of CD's where the freedb returns info in entirely lowercase, but Gracenote has properly labelled info.

I don't expect this to be a top priority, especially next to secure ripping, but I think my suggestion would be a nice feature, in my opinion making the program more "Mac-like" if you know what I mean.

Any comments or criticisms are welcome, thanks for reading and let me know what you think :D
Thomas

EDIT: By the way, http://www.waehlby.com/icdc/ is able to read this file, but then again it is not linking the information it finds to an actual physical CD, so I'm not sure if it is possible.[/url]

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Post by sbooth »

This has been brought up several times recently- it seems an alternative for FreeDB is desired!

As you say GraceNote doesn't seem to be too viable an alternative for an open-source project, though I am looking into it. MusicBrainz is another alternative that I am just beginning to investigate.

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sbooth wrote:This has been brought up several times recently- it seems an alternative for FreeDB is desired!

As you say GraceNote doesn't seem to be too viable an alternative for an open-source project, though I am looking into it. MusicBrainz is another alternative that I am just beginning to investigate.
If you're having trouble getting a Gracenote license, email me through the board and I may be able to help out.

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Post by herman »

Yes, freedb is horrible.


In almost every instance they have the composer in the artist field. Every single classical entry must be edited.

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Post by krmathis »

Now that the freedb project is close to dead, we really need an alternative.
The future of freedb
Posted by kaiser on Saturday, July 01 @ 20:18:47 UTC

About freedb.org freedb is not able to operate without Joerg and Ari. There are other - hopefully free - projects that will take over freedbs heritage in a better way and stay free. freedbs future did not seem to be kept free regarding the lastest developments, so I tried to steer against this as I felt it more important to stay free instead of getting fancy web 2.0 features. But unfortunately Joerg and Ari (the main doers behind freedb) disagreed with me and decided that they want to go another direction. I will refuse to comment their postings in plublic and I will thank both Ari anf Jörg for their work and their support.

Now being sick of how things turned out lately and I am not being able to run the project with the people in freedb left, I will stop this project in the forseeable future.

If somebody is interested in a pretty well-known domain, send an offer to: lurchentsafter at gmail.com

Sorry for this.
http://www.freedb.org/

Any fresh ideas around here? :?:


Edit: Perhaps foosic could be an alternative?
http://www.foosic.org/

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Post by RonaldPR »

Or MusicBrainz?

http://musicbrainz.org/

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Alternative, YES

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From a comment at SlashDot.

"I am the author of freedb2.org. It currently supports a subset of the old freedb protocol, enough to rip your CD's. Just point your software at http://freedb2.org/~cddb/cddb.cgi [freedb2.org]. There are also some new features which I will be documenting shortly. For some source code and a development history, please see http://asmith.id.au/freedb.html [asmith.id.au] and also http://asmith.id.au/mod_libpq.html [asmith.id.au]."

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Post by Yonzie »

Musicbrainz seems to me to be the proper choice.

http://www.jwz.org/doc/cddb.html

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Post by sbooth »

Wow, I never saw the death of FreeDB coming! I will look into adding MusicBrainz support. After a small amount of research it seems to be the best (and almost only) alternative.

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Post by RonaldPR »

Maybe have an alternative ready in case freedb will die indeed.

Now on http://freedb.org :

update:

currently, there are talks with organisations regarding freedb's future.
I am trying to find an organisation that takes the domain and ensures
the following:

- they have to provide the freedb service, not only take the domain
- the service must remain free of charge for users and developers, regardless of the application
- database updates will be available on a regular schedule and will be free of charge
- the licence of the data and the software will remain under the GPL

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Post by Yonzie »

I came across this OS X Musicbrainz client by chance, and noticed that source was available. It might be useless for you, but then again it might be a cut and paste operation ;-)

http://www.indyjt.com/software/?show=ieatbrainz

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Those interested in this topic please also read http://sbooth.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=400.

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FreeDB lives

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FreeDB appears to be alive.
"It's alive."

So, can we have a choice in Max?
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