List of online music databases

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Below is a table of online music databases that are largely free of charge. Note that many of the sites provide a specialized service or focus on a particular music genre. Some of these operate as an online music store or purchase referral service in some capacity. Among the sites that have information on the largest number of entities are those sites that focus on discographies of composing and performing artists.

Database Services No. of tracks No. of releases No. of artists Notes License Full free access
AllMusic Music information and reviews. &020000000~20,000,000[1] &2200000~2,200,000[1] Song samples only.
Anoomi Online music playlists. Also can create playlists from music that friends share on social media Yes
Archiwum Polskiego Rocka Polish Rock Archives. &000020000~20,000 &0006300~6,300 &0000630~630 Yes
ccMixter Community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons &00003233432,334[2]
Choral Public Domain Library
Clowdy Independent Music sharing site &000020000~20,000 20,000 users Yes
DeadFormat Database of information pertaining to vinyl releases &001690016,900[3] &00077007,700[3] 9,200 users Yes
Decibel Database of physical/digital products, venues, photos, artists, participants, composers, movements, labels, publishers and rights. &01200000012,000,000[4] &0301000301,000 For commercial business to business usage only. API available.
Deezer Web-based music streaming service &020000000~20,000,000[5] ~26 million users No
Discogs • Database: user-generated cross-referenced database of physical & digital releases, artists, and labels. With catalogue numbers, codes, and all other markings taken directly from each release.
• Companies/organisations: cross-referencing all others involved in music production (record companies, manufacturers, distributors, publishers, rights holders, venues, studios, etc.)
• Images: for releases, artists, labels, and other companies/organisations listed.
• Marketplace: for trade of physical music releases.
&121500000121,500,000[6] &47000004,700,000[7] &32500003,250,000[7] • Multi-lingual.
• Free membership (which also removes all site ads).
• Marketplace lists nearly 16 million items (largest physical music items marketplace online).
PD/CC0[8] Free API and XML data dumps.[9]
The Echo Nest A music metadata API. &03500000035,000,000 &25000002,500,000 Free access to selected catalogues ("sandboxes").[10]
Encyclopaedia Metallum A heavy metal encyclopedia with information, complete discography, links, images, and reviews. &001200000~1,200,000[11] &0074000~74,000[11] &0170000~170,000[11]
freedb Identification service for CDs. GPL.
Free Music Archive Curated repository of music (MP3) under Creative Commons and other licenses. Founded by radio station WFMU. &00006500065,000+ &001200012,000+ Creative Commons / Download-Only/Art Libre/Public Domain
The Freesound Project repository of Creative Commons-licensed audio samples. CC Sampling Plus.
Gracenote Identification service for CDs and other media. &100000000~100,000,000[12] &8000000~8,000,000[12] 1 billion "submissions".[13]
Guvera Music streaming service &01000000010,000,000+[14] 800,000+ users Yes
Hardcore Database A hardcore, deathcore, metalcore, post-hardcore database with information, complete discography, links, images, reviews, news and ratings.[15] CC-BY-SA, GFDL
International Music Score Library Project Music scores and parts, mostly scanned from publications now in the public domain; some recordings. &0000065006,500 (150,000 scores) &00067006,700 composers, 162 performers.[16] PD/CC-BY-NC-SA.
Internet Archive Huge live music archive and host for hundreds of free music netlabels. &0200000~200,000[17] CC/PD. Yes
Jamendo free full-length music download. CC/Free Art License.
Jango Advertising-supported internet radio and social networking. Yes.
Last.fm Internet radio and music community website. &01200000012,000,000[18] Automatically creates online library/collection of listened to music and generates recommendations.
Libre.fm
LyricWiki Lyrics wiki on Wikia. &001280000~1,280,000[19] &0100000~100,000[19] &0068000~68,000[19] Yes, but no access to the lyrics via API.
MAQAM Largest Database of Arabic and Middle Eastern music artists, tracks, and albums. &00002000020,000 &00012001,200
Megarock Radio Streaming music service, reviews, interviews and news. &00002300023,000 &00010001,000 Yes
MetroLyrics Lyrics lookup.
Moozone Online music storage and community service. &0080000008,000,000[citation needed] &0730000730,000 &0590000590,000
MP3.com information about digital music and artists (formerly freely licensed music download). Does not play its own music.
MusicBrainz Open content music database. &015751622~16,000,000[20] &1236143~1,200,000[20] &0815439~820,000[20] GPL/LGPL/PD/CC-BY-NC-SA.
The Music Hutch Search music (by artist, title, or album). Music streaming service and social music community 200,000 Yes.
MusicMight Biographies and discographies.
Musipedia Search by melody (entering notes, Parsons code, whistling, or tapping rhythm). Yes, but via other sources.
Mutopia Project repository of free content sheet music.
MySpace Music Licensed music streaming and artist uploaded streaming. &04200000042,000,000[21] Free with advertising.
Ovation Press Online publisher of classical string music.
Rainwave Music community featuring video game music. Users can request and rate music, with music selected by election: during every song, users vote from a choice of three tracks to choose the next song to play. &000011000~11,000 &0001500~1,500 &0001800~1,800
Rate Your Music Catalog, rate, tag, and review your music. Create lists. &2850000~2,850,000[22] &0960000~960,000[22]
Rolldabeats Drum N Bass music database, physical releases only.
Saavn High-Quality Web and Mobile Music Streams, acronym for South Asian Audio Visual Network &002000000+2 million Yes
SecondhandSongs[23] Database of cover versions of recorded songs &000310000+310,000 works &0055000+55000 &0070000+70000 Entries are submitted and peer-reviewed for accuracy Not required for use of site Yes
ShareTheMusic Service for free and legally music sharing.
Songbase.fm Online Music Database, Streaming and Playlists &000900000 900,000 Watch music videos for free, create and share playlists Yes
Spotify Subscription Music Streaming &020000000 +20,000,000 Subscription Based
TheAudioDB[24] Simple Database of Audio Recordings &001200000+1,200,000 &00100000+100000 &0020000+20000 User Contributed entries CC Yes
Werner Icking Music Archive
Wikifonia Free lead sheets in MusicXML format, contributed and editable by users.
WhoSampled User-generated database of comparison between original tracks and covers, or songs that uses samples. &00004800048,000 &001800018,000
Database Services No. of tracks No. of releases No. of artists Notes License Full free access

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Coverage Statistics". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  2. ^ ccMixter - Free Music Downloader
  3. ^ a b "Pressing Information - DeadFormat". DeadFormat. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  4. ^ "Data and API Coverage Statistics". Decibel. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Deezer’s CEO Axel Dauchez On Cracking Into The U.S. And Why It’s Not Just Another Spotify". Techcrunch. 
  6. ^ "Data Dumps". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  7. ^ a b "Explore Releases On Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Discogs API v2.0 Documentation". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  9. ^ "Discogs API Documentation". Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  10. ^ "The Echo Nest Developer Center". Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  11. ^ a b c "M-A Statistics". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  12. ^ a b Gracenote |
  13. ^ Gracenote |
  14. ^ Enricko Lukman (2014-02-04). "Australia’s music streaming service Guvera launches in Indonesia". TechInAsia. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  15. ^ Hardcore Database — About
  16. ^ "Library statistics". IMSLP. Retrieved 2010-12-17. .
  17. ^ "Audio main page". Internet Archive. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  18. ^ Last.fm « CBS IMG
  19. ^ a b c "LyricWiki Statistics". LyricWiki. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  20. ^ a b c "Database Statistics". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  21. ^ Myspace gains 1 million users, touts more music than Spotify - CNN.com
  22. ^ a b "RYM Statistics". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
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