[JPL] ]Re: music databases

Len Dobbin lendobbin at sympatico.ca
Sat Dec 8 18:20:38 EST 2007


Subject: Re: [JPL] Re: suggestions for music databases


> I've been doing jazz radio off and on (on since the 70s) beginning in 1962 
> and the "new" Lord is the best tool that I have encountered - I now also 
> work as a researcher for Dorothee Berryman whose 5 hours of jazz on 
> weekends are heard across Canada in French, and find the Lord, sometimes 
> in combination with "All Music Guide", an even more important tool.
>
> I am not familiar with the others mentioned.
>
> Len Dobbin
> CKUT - Montreal, Canada
>
>> Hello to all,
>>
>> We are in the process of converting our entire library to a digital
>> format, which is going well, however, we are having a hard time finding
>> a suitable music database for our DJ's to use for information for our
>> listeners. We have tried the following with these observations
>> (strengths first, then weaknesses):
>> 1. Tom Lord's database:
>> -hard to tell how comprehensive since we only had a trial
>> -layout was very cryptic/hard for some of our older DJ's to sort through
>>
>> 2. AllMusic.com
>> Strengths: pretty comprehensive CD information, good credits overview,
>> allows you to submit changes
>> Weaknesses: Good luck actually ever seeing those changes added to their
>> site (There are changes we submitted over a month ago that still haven't
>> been added), No per-track credit information, site is frequently dog-slow
>>
>> 3. Discogs.com
>> Strengths: very comprehensive CD information (including per track
>> information), great submission process
>> Weaknesses: Still relatively small database, Non-com run primarily by
>> volunteers, so not sure of their future (of course, we have the same
>> business model and have been around for more than 25 years! :)
>>
>> 4. Gracenote.com (formerly CDDB)
>> Strengths: great CD collection, quick website, easy to update with a
>> desktop compatible program
>> Weaknesses: No easy access to credits for CD's or tracks
>>
>> 5. Musicbrainz.org
>> Same as gracenote for both strengths and weaknesses
>>
>> 6. Freedb
>> Same strengths and weaknesses as gracenote
>>
>> I'm wondering if any of you have found ways to overcome the
>> aforementioned weaknesses of any of the above programs or have found a
>> better music database solution that you use for your on-air staff?
>>
>> Thank you for your help.
>>
>> Kim
>>
>>
>> Kimberly Linzy
>> Assistant Operations Manager/Music Director
>> KUNV 91.5
>> 1515 E. Tropicana Ave Ste. #240
>> Las Vegas, Nevada  89119
>> (702) 798-9161
>> kim.linzy at unlv.edu
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