AllMusic

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Not to be confused with All Music, an unrelated Italian television channel.
AllMusic
Wordmark of AllMusic (2013).png
Logo of AllMusic (2013).png
AllMusic's logotype and logo (since July 2013)
Web address AllMusic.com
Slogan Music search, recommendations, videos and reviews
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Online database for music albums, artists and songs; including reviews and biographies
Registration Optional
Available in English
Owner All Media Network, LLC (since August 2013)
Created by Michael Erlewine
Launched 1991
Alexa rank
negative increase 2,490 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Online

AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide or AMG) is an online music guide service website.[2][3] It was launched in 1991 by All Media Guide which later became All Media Network.

History[edit]

For more details on Allmusic's history, see All Media Network § History.

AllMusic was launched in 1991 by Michael Erlewine of All Media Guide (later became All Media Network). The aim was to "[compile] discographic information on every artist who's made a record since Enrico Caruso gave the industry its first big boost".[4] Its first reference book was published the following year.

When first released onto the Internet, AMG predated the World Wide Web and was first available as a Gopher site.

In late 2007, Macrovision (now Rovi Corporation) acquired All Media Group including AllMusic for a reported $72 million.[5]

In 2011 Rovi Corporation announced that AllMusic, along with AllMovie and AllGame, drew a combined three million unique visitors a month.[6]

The AMG consumer web properties[clarification needed] AllMusic.com, AllMovie.com and AllGame.com were sold by Rovi in July 2013 to All Media Network, LLC.[7] All Media Network, LLC. was formed by the original founders of SideReel.com and Ackrell Capital.[8] Rovi retained ownership and maintenance of the content itself.[citation needed][clarification needed]

Services and products[edit]

For more details on the database, see All Media Network § Content and data management.

The content was initially published in book form in 1991 as the All Music Guide, and is now freely available to the public for online reference and information, as well as available via licensing for point-of-sale systems, media players, and online music stores.[9]

Guide series[edit]

All Media Network also produce the AllMusic guide series that includes the AllMusic Guide to Rock,[10] the All Music Guide to Jazz and the All Music Guide to the Blues. Vladimir Bogdanov is the president of the series.

Reception[edit]

In August 2007, PC Magazine included AllMusic in its "Top 100 Classic Websites" list.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "AllMusic FAQ". All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved March 29, 2014. ©2014 AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC 
  3. ^ "AllMusic". Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ Wolf, Gary (February 1994). "All Music". Wired. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Macrovision Corporation, acquired All Media Guide Holdings, Inc.". Mandasoft. December 17, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Bruno, Anthony (February 28, 2011). "AllMusic.com Folding Into AllRovi.com for One-Stop Entertainment Shop". Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rovi Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Performance Announces Agreements to Sell Rovi Entertainment Store and Consumer Website Businesses". Rovi. July 21, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Digital Entertainment Veterans Launch ‘All Media Network’ to Perfect Digital Media Discovery". BusinessWire. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Bowe, Brian J. (January 24, 2007). "Make it or Break it". Metro Times. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ Toon, Jason (July 21, 1999). "Rock Stock: A book report on the best tomes to consult before buying tunes". Riverfront Times. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ Heater, Brian (August 13, 2007). "Top 100 Classic Websites – AllMusic – Slideshow from pcmag.com". PCmag.com. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 

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