- From: "Nick Stockton" <nstockton@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 06:45:21 -0400
Yes. It's just a database of the track and artest titles.it's used in most cd rippers to automaticly label your tracks with the track name and artest name when ripping a cd to mp3 files on your hard drive so you don't have to label them manualy before putting them on your mp3 player. also some media players can access the database when you use them to play a cd which is very useful when you otherwise wouldn't have an easy way of finding out the track names with out spending time googling for the cd info.
Nick Stockton----- Original Message ----- From: "tribble" <lauraeaves@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 5:55 AM Subject: Re: FreeDB
Oh, ok -- but I still am not understanding something -- you say what is inthe "database" is actually templates of cd's that you use to label tracks --that being the case, is the music ever ripped onto a hard drive, or is the info in the database only text labels of tracks plus relational info, and you have to fumble with cd's in order to hear the songs? --le----- Original Message ----- From: "Nick Stockton" <nstockton@xxxxxxxxx>To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 4:40 AM Subject: Re: FreeDB it's not a database of audio files. it's a database of cd info like track and artist info so that when you pop your cd in the drive your music playing software can automaticly label the tracks and tag them. Nick Stockton----- Original Message ----- From: "tribble" <lauraeaves@xxxxxxxxx>To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 5:04 AM Subject: Re: FreeDBWow, so you're saying it already has a music database built up for download.Isn't this piracy? (Of course everyone copies files, but this seems like amajor operation.) I say this because I recently spent money on a couple of collections from Time Life that I'd like to rip onto my computer. It was notcheap but I have listened to it and like the selections. I am of the opinion that good artistry should be rewarded and if you like a piece of music it is a good thing to pay for it -- but as I said, we all copy stuff off the net. Just musing. That also brings me to the subject of audio described movie soundtracks, which are available freely for download on the net if you know where to look, but are copyrighted. I have a bunch of them that people have givenme, but I handle the piracy issue this way: I listen to the movies and if I like them I order a copy of the full DVD from AudioVision for my collection,otherwise if the movie stinks, I delete it. Just a thought. Comments? Anyway, thanks for the link. --le----- Original Message ----- From: jaffar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxTo: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2008 11:55 PM Subject: FreeDBHi All. If like me, you are a music fanatic, have a vast music collectionwhich ranges from classical to Jazz to Pop to Rock and would like to have them organized and propperly tagged so you can find them whenever you want them, then I'd like to recommend a free, open source, programmable music database called FreeDb www.freedb.org If you visit it's download page, You'll find the following: 1. complete database files which are updated from month to month. 2. Update files which when you download accompanying utilities, and together with the update files wich are smaller in comparison, will update your database so you don't have to download the complete files which are rather large, upwards of 500 MB every month.3. An accompanying howto that will help you to develop stand alone FreeDBrelated software, for example software that will update, submit or mirror your database in a network. 4. A server that will allow you to submit and retrieve database updatesas and when you like. However, the server software requires some technicalknow how to build and configure as it is not a straight forward gui software. The files are in the unix format by default, but you could change them to the windows format via a utility called mkfreedb.exe. If anyone wants to host this utility on their server, let me know and i will send it along as the website for this utility is rather obscure and I came across it only after a thorough search of google. Here is a synopsis of the steps you'll need to take to download the database and the utilities described. 1. Go to www.freedb.org and click the download page. By default, you'll land on the server download page. Click parent directory. Unfortunately,this directory has no headings to mark where each subsection exactly is, souse your tab and arrow keys to find what you need. If you want to download the complete database, then you'll need to look for files with words "freedb-complete" followed by the year month day date format. so, for example, if you want to download the complete database for october, then you should look for the file tagged as: freedb-complete-20081001.tar.bz2, which translates to year 2008, month october, and date as the first of that month.If you downloaded the complete database for september for example, and youwant to update your database to october's, just download the: freedb-update-20081001.tar.bz2 which is consideraably smaller, about 7 mb in size. Once you have those, download a zip file called freedb-updater.zip which contains a freedb.exe updater file. All you need do then is to unpack the complete september database files into a directory, say music-database.Then double click the updater.exe and browse to your music-database folder, then browse again to your updater file, freedb-update-20081001.tar.bz2, thentab to the start button and your september database will be updated to thecurrent one. Btw, be prepared to give your database folder at least 4 gb ofdisk space. Now, if you wanted to change the format of your database files from the unix format to the windows format, just do the following. 1. create a folder. We'll call it music-windows-database for clarification.2. copy and paste the complete database file, and the mkfreedb.exe which iwill send along to any one who wants it to your music-windows-database folder. 3. open your command prompt and cd to your music-windows-database directory, so assuming your directory is on your C drive, the command is: cd c:\music-windows-database Now, all you have to do is to issue the command mkfreebd, and your windows database will be built with all its defaultstructure, and the database files copied to the appropriate subdirectories.Your music-windows-directory will then contain the following subdirectories and a log text file. 1. blues where all the blues music data files will be copied. 2. Classical where all the classical music data files will be copied. 3. country where all the country music data files will be copied 4. data, where all the data files necessary for the database to function will be copied 5. folk where all the folk music data files will be copied 6. jazz, where all the jazz music data files will be copied 7. misc where all the miscellanious music data files will be copied. 8. newage where all new age music data files will be copied. 9. reggae where all reggae music data files will be copied. 10. rock where all rock and pop music data files will be copied. 11. soundtrack where all film soundtrack music data files will be copied. 12. a log file will be created to tell you how the build process transpired Warning: please note that the conversion of files from unix to windowsformat takes hours. I did my conversion yesterday evening my time, and the conversion process is still going on as i write this email. This is hardly surprising as there are millions of cds floating around in the music marketout there. Once you have organized your database, You can then use programs such as mp3 tag www.mp3tag.de to tag and organize your music. You can even store the music data in the recognized dbms like mysql, microsoft access or any dbms of your choice. first create the following tables. 1. artist 2. title 3. album 4. year 5. publisher 6 track number. Give the files in your database the sql extension, then load them as a dump into mysql or the dbms of your choice. If you need any more clarification, please let me know. 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