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
ACRCloud Audio fingerprinting / music recognition service &04000000040,000,000 Fingerprinting with metadata
AllMusic Music information and reviews. &020000000~20,000,000[1] &2200000~2,200,000[1] Song samples only.
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 Sheet music archive of choral and vocal music in the public domain or otherwise freely available for printing and performing Yes
Clowdy Independent Music sharing site &000020000~20,000 20,000 users Yes
Quantone Database of physical/digital products, venues, photos, artists, participants, composers, movements, labels, publishers and rights. &01200000012,000,000[3] &0301000301,000 For commercial business-to-business usage only. API available.
Deezer Web-based music streaming service &03500000035,000,000[4] ~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.
&15120000151,200,000[5] &80000008,000,000[6] &48000004,800,000[6] • Multi-lingual.
• Free membership (which also removes all site ads).
• Marketplace lists over 31 million items (largest physical music items marketplace online).
• 1 billion edits.
PD/CC0[7] Free API and XML data dumps.[8]
The Echo Nest A music metadata API. &03500000035,000,000 &25000002,500,000 Free access to selected catalogues ("sandboxes").[9]
Encyclopaedia Metallum A heavy metal encyclopedia with information, complete discography, links, images, and reviews. &001900000~1,900,000[10] &0265000~265,000[10] &0535000~102,000 bands, ~535,000 artists[10]
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[11] &8000000~8,000,000[11] 1 billion "submissions".[12]
Guvera Music streaming service &01000000010,000,000+[13] 10 million+ users Yes
International Music Score Library Project Music scores and parts, mostly scanned from publications now in the public domain; some recordings. &00004200042,000 (370,000 scores) &001450014,500 composers, 387 performers.[14] PD/CC-BY-NC-SA.
Internet Archive Huge live music archive and host for hundreds of free music netlabels. &0200000~200,000[15] CC/PD. Yes
Jamendo free full-length music download. CC/Free Art License.
Jango Advertising-supported internet radio and social networking. Yes. Music community website. &01200000012,000,000[16] Automatically creates online library/collection of listened to music and generates recommendations.
LyricWiki Lyrics wiki on Wikia. &001280000~1,280,000[17] &0100000~100,000[17] &0068000~68,000[17] 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
MetroLyrics Lyrics lookup.
Moozone Online music storage and community service. &0080000008,000,000[citation needed] &0730000730,000 &0590000590,000 information about digital music and artists (formerly freely licensed music download). Does not play its own music.
MuseScore Online sheet music sharing. Also includes free music notation software to enable a wide range of instrumental music scores to be created, printed and shared No--free accounts are permitted five uploads; beyond that, payment is required
MusicBrainz Open content music database. &01860187~20,355,812[18] &1478280~1,623,048[18] &0974419~1,084,106[18] GPL/LGPL/PD/CC-BY-NC-SA.
MusicMight Biographies and discographies.
Musixmatch The world's largest lyrics platform. Yes.
Mutopia Project repository of free content sheet music. Music Download Service &00001000010,000[19]
MySpace Music Licensed music streaming and artist uploaded streaming. &04200000042,000,000[20] Free with advertising.
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. &3100000~3,100,000[21] &1035000~1,035,000[21]
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
ShareTheMusic Service for free and legally music sharing.
Spotify Subscription Music Streaming &038000000 38,000,000[22] &42000004,200,000[22] &23000002,300,000[22] &60000000+60,000,000 users.[23] Subscription Based Free With Audio Ads
University of Pittsburgh Library System Archives Service Center[24]
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Coverage Statistics". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  2. ^ ccMixter - Free Music Downloader
  3. ^ "Data and API Coverage Statistics". Decibel. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Deezer Offers". Deezer. 
  5. ^ "Data Dumps". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-02-21. 
  6. ^ a b "Explore Releases On Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Discogs API v2.0 Documentation". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Discogs API Documentation". Retrieved 2015-02-21. 
  9. ^ "The Echo Nest Developer Center". Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  10. ^ a b c "M-A Statistics". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  11. ^ a b Gracenote |
  12. ^ Gracenote |
  13. ^ Enricko Lukman (2014-02-04). "Australia's music streaming service Guvera launches in Indonesia". TechInAsia. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  14. ^ "Library statistics". IMSLP. Retrieved 2010-12-17. .
  15. ^ "Audio main page". Internet Archive. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  16. ^ « CBS IMG
  17. ^ a b c "LyricWiki Statistics". LyricWiki. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  18. ^ a b c "Database Statistics". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  19. ^ "'Nigerian iTunes' dances to the mobile phone beat". CNN. 
  20. ^ Myspace gains 1 million users, touts more music than Spotify -
  21. ^ a b "RYM Statistics". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-20. 
  22. ^ a b c "Spotify Web API Search results". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  23. ^ "Spotify website". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  24. ^ "Home - Audio-Visual Resources @ Pitt Archives - LibGuides at University of Pittsburgh".