CD information

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Sounds like a good idea Anselm, I'm all for going through my collection
of CDs and getting the required info, if you can perhaps post some
instructions about how you want it done (and possibly a template for
data submission, so we can all send it in a useful format).

It might even encourage me to put all my CDs away properly, instead of
just rummaging through the box ;-)

Sophie

>----Original Message----
>From: xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
>Date: Nov 3, 2008 10:45
>To: <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
>Subject: Re: CD information
>
>Malcolm Brown wrote:
>
>> Gracenote is the one accessed by the programme I am currently using
-
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDDB gives a description of how it
works and
>> its history. (I believe that if a CD is not in the database, or if
the data
>> is incorrect, it is possible to change the data in the database, as
well as
>> on the local computer).
>
>One idea that crosses my mind every so often is to extend the
DanceData web
>frontend on http://my.strathspey.org/ to function as a CDDB (a.k.a.
>Gracenote) protocol server. Any CD-reading program based on Gracenote
or its
>freely available cousin, FreeDB, could be pointed to it to have
instant
>access to the database's info on SCD CDs. For added credit, if we
were asked
>for a CD that is not in the database (maybe because it is not an SCD
CD), we
>could bounce the request off to FreeDB (if not Gracenote) and see
what that
>turns up, so the program would also work for non-SCD content and
hence could
>be used as the default CDDB server for SCD aficionados who also
listen to
>non-SCD music on occasion. The advantage of this approach would be
that we
>would instantly have standardised track titles, band and album names
by
>virtue of the effort Alan has put into getting all of these organised
for the
>database.
>
>The main problem with this project is that we would need to figure
out the
>indexes CDDB calculates from the track lengths and offsets of tracks
on the
>CD. This is easy to do (given appropriate software) if you have
access to the
>actual CD but cannot be automated just from the track listings in
DanceData.
>(A more detailed description is on the Wikipedia page Malcolm cited.)
This
>calls for an approach where everyone checks their CD shelves (or the
data for
>already-ripped CDs on their computers) and sends me just the CDDB1
IDs for
>their CDs, which I would incorporate in the database. In actual
practice, we
>would have a special page listing CDs in the database that didn't
have a
>CDDB1 value yet, so one could compare that list against one's stash
of CDs in
>order to save effort; a new index submission for any CD would
instantly
>remove it from the to-do list and make that CD accessible via CDDB1,
just
>like on a Gracenote server. The to-do list would start out listing
all SCD
>CDs in the database (probably minus the ones I own myself), and its
length
>would hopefully diminish very quickly.
>
>Incidentally, there are now 248 albums in DanceData listed as »
available on
>CD«. Sounds eminently doable.
>
>Anselm
>--
>Anselm Lingnau, Friedberg, Germany .....................
xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
>Of all the great programmers I can think of, I know of only one who
would
>voluntarily program in Java. And of all the great programmers I can
think of
>who don't work for Sun, on Java, I know of zero.- Paul Graham, _Great
Hackers_
>

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