Other Databases

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MusicBrainz is not unique as a database of music information. There are at least the following others:

General Purpose

Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
WikipediaWiki-based free general interest encyclopedia. Free Creative Commons Yes
FreeDBOpen version of CDDB. MusicBrainz supports importing FreeDB data Free GPL No
DiscogsCommercial site, switched to a public domain license for its data in early 2008. Free Public Domain artists, release groups, releases, labels
MusicMozComprehensive directory of all things music, edited by volunteers. Imports data from MusicBrainz. Free MusicMoz Data Use LicenseYes
AllmusicCommercial site. Part of content is freely available. Free Proprietary artists, release groups, recordings, works
Gracenote (formerly CDDB) Commercial site. Inspired MusicBrainz to start by stealing all the public data Proprietary No
Rate Your MusicMetadata database allowing users to rate and review albums. Commercial site. Free Proprietary No
WorldCatInternational network of library holdings Yes
Open LibraryInternet Archive's project for books (including audiobooks) Yes


Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
SoundtrackCollectorMovie soundtrack database. Free No
VGMdbDatabase of videogame music Free artists, labels, releases
Encyclopaedia MetallumDatabase of bands from various forms of heavy metal music Free No
SA-CD.netDatabase referencing Super Audio CDs Free No
EncyclopédisqueDatabase of French 7" Free No
SoundamentalDatabase of French singles and albums. Has catnos and barcodesFree No
45catGlobal database for 7" vinyl Yes


Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
The Covers ProjectA database of cover songs (songs performed by an artist other than the original performer). Use MusicBrainz data. Free No
Second Hand SongsA database of cover songs containing 76422 songs (18172 originals, 56538 cover songs and 1712 songs with samples) (2008-06-24) Free artists, releases, works
coverinfo.deLarge 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 Free No
MetamuseMetamuse is an ever expanding database of cover songs and remixes by major and independent record label artists from around the world. Watch videos, rate and comment on song versions by different artists. Free No
WhoSampledDetails of samples, covers and interpolations Yes


Site Description/Notes Access License Advanced Relationship
International Music Score Library ProjectHolds the Petrucci Music Library, an internet-based collaborative music score library. Free Public Domain Yes (as "has score")
MusOpenOnline music library of copyright free (public domain) music. Offers free music and sheet music downloads. Free Public Domain No

Open Data

Data available at no cost

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


The following is still unsorted

(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:

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.

Defunct Databases

See also