TrackType.org has been reported to not work with
at this time.
This list will be updated as reports of success
or failure are received. Please be sure to report any problems which
you do encounter and they will be fixed as quickly as possible.
Please show your support for
TrackType.org by placing a text link or button on your website, or by
making a donation.
Sunday, January 9 2011, 03:30+11
In response to a bug report from one of our regular users I've
been doing some testing of the Tag &
Rename music cataloging software and found it to work very well
with TrackType. Accordingly it has been added to the list of working
clients above. The bug turned out to be due to some software upgrades
of the TrackType server which were performed last week, and it required
a minor change to the TrackType software to compensate.
Tuesday, September 9 2008, 01:30+10
Mp3splt version 2.2 and Mp3splt-gtk v0.5
(using libmp3splt version 0.5) have been released. These are the first
releases to use tracktype.org by default to search and download .cddb
Wednesday, January 9 2008, 15:00+11
David Cotter, the author of kJams has
kindly agreed to host a copy of the TrackType database dump. You
can now download the data from the alternative location here. Thanks David!
Although I haven't kept a copy of the freedb-complete archive you can
reconstruct something similar to that by downloading all the freedb-update
archives and extracting them in date order. You can also download the
freedb howto documentation
and the latest TrackType
database dump from there.
Friday, October 5 2007, 10:30+11
Melomania is music collection
software that now supports TrackType. It provides serious music collectors
with a set of tools and features for organizing their collections
fast. To learn more about Melomania, you can visit its home page at http://www.ableapples.com/melomania/
Thursday, January 11 2007, 15:30+11
There is now an updated version of the database available from
BitTorrent. This is similar to the previously published dump, but adds
new entries received from freedb.org, up to and including 2007-01-01 so
it is now 400 MB in size.
In addition to normalising all white space, disc numbers
(e.g. "disc 2") have been parsed and removed from Album
titles and placed in a separate field to simplify clean
up of the data. An updated script is available from cddb-disc-20070101.sql
The script includes a function which converts the extracted disc
information into a format which is standardised according to the
MusicBrainz.org style guide, although it is easily modified to suit your
own taste. Note that although the new table definition also includes
a field for extracted volume info, that field is not being populated
yet. Time permitting, it will be ready for the next update.
If you download the file via BitTorrent and you are in a position to
mirror it for others to download via HTTP and/or FTP, please let me know
and I'll post a link to your page.
Tuesday, November 21 2006, 11:45+11
Ripstation from Ripfactory now
fully supports TrackType.org. Ripstation is a professional level ripping
application which robotically rips, encodes and provides metadata
for volume transfer of CD's and is aimed at CD ripping companies,
retailers and prosumer applications. Ripfactory has recognised the
quality of data within Tracktype.org via its metadata validation system
and recommends it as a valuable data source.
Thanks to a problem report from a software developer there has been
another bug fixed. This one was causing intermittent problems with some
CDDB client software. In cases where an album had some tracks with artists
and some tracks without artists, a spurious '/' was being inserted in
the track title lines before the song name. Please be sure to email
the database administrator if you find any problems which are impeding
your use of TrackType.org and they will be attended to as quickly as
Saturday, November 18 2006, 17:00+11
Major update! More
than 1.5 million records have now been updated to significantly improve
the quality of the TrackType.org database. In addition to the white space
clean up featured in the data dump which was released a few days ago,
there are now widespread changes to the formatting and capitalisation
of disc and track titles.
Many months of analysis and testing have gone in to making these
changes, but in spite of that, there are likely to be some glitches
that have slipped through quality control. If you are contemplating
a large scale retagging of your music collection using TrackType.org,
please take the time to verify a random sample using the web based search
before you proceed. If you find any changes for the worse, please email
the administrator and they will be fixed as soon as possible.
Friday, November 17 2006, 16:30+11
lltag is a command-line tool
manipulating MP3 ID3, OGG or FLAC tags. It may be used to tag
multiples files at once by comparing their filename or pathname
against a configurable list of formats, or by getting tags from the
CDDB database. lltag may also rename files according to a configurable
filename format. The interface has been designed to be as automatic,
efficient and smart as possible.
Friday, November 17 2006, 7:30+11
TrackType.org is currently making its search engine available to MusicBrainz in support of their freedb
data import facility. This allows users of the MusicBrainz client software
to choose to import metadata from TrackType.org or freedb.org in the
event that a record is not yet present in MusicBrainz' own database. While
the current arrangement may only be temporary, it is certainly providing
plenty of incentive to continue improving TrackType.org so that it might
become a more permanent partnership between the two sites.
The actual download link is not all that obvious — it is
the small grey Download
File just under the main heading. Note that from next month,
TrackType.org will have a much faster internet connection and it will
become practical to serve such large files directly from the server
The file is 389 MB in size and contains more than two million CD
metadata records. It has been extracted from the update files released
by freedb.org and has had a considerable amount of cleaning up applied
to it as well. In particular, all redundant white space has been removed,
only leaving line breaks in disc and track comments.
Once it is decompressed, the data can be loaded into a PostgreSQL
database in one step. Here is a short SQL
script that will take care of that. You will need to have PostgreSQL and
7zip installed. Please email if you have any further queries about it.
Friday, November 10 2006, 3:15+11
Today we have a new sponsor with Magic MP3 Tagger, and
a new name for the web site. To avoid confusion I've changed most of
the references on this page to the new domain name, but the freedb2.org
domain name will also continue to work with your client software. There
is no need to change any of your settings for your software to continue
to use this music database.
Monday, October 9 2006, 17:45+11
HMusicCentre is a
new music client which not only displays the lyrics of songs as they are
played, but highlights each line of the song as it is being played! A
clever piece of software, it was a year in the making. Please check
Sunday, October 8 2006, 17:45+11
In view of the fact that all these files are likely to start
disappearing from other sites on the internet soon, I've placed them in an
archive on the server
here. Software and instructions for using this data can be found at http://asmith.id.au/freedb.html
The files in question are all of the original freedb.org update files
and are exactly those which were used to build TrackType.org. While they
can only be of historical interest to most people, I feel that they are
a valuable part of our internet heritage and should be preserved.
After receiving feedback from the author of the VisiTrax music organisation
software, support for the 'cddb sites' command has been added to
TrackType.org's implementation of the CDDB protocol. Please take a good
look at this product and try it out with TrackType.org
Tuesday, July 11 2006, 1:00+10
Thanks to a detailed problem report from
a user and very prompt help from the author of OrangeCD, I have been able
to correct a problem with TrackType.org which may be affecting a number
of client applications for the Windows operating system.
Records that are retrieved normally from TrackType.org use the
linux convention for delimiting lines (a single line feed character)
as this is almost universally acceptable nowadays and it saves a little
bandwidth. However some software running on the Windows operating system
still expects to see files using the DOS convention for delimiting lines
(a carriage return character followed by a line feed character).
To avoid problems TrackType.org now returns all CDDB records
that are requested by the 'cddb read' command using the DOS file
convention. Records that are retrieved directly from TrackType.org using
HTTP still use the Linux convention.
This powerful software provides a set of tools to organise your mp3
collection, and rename and retag all your mp3 files to suit your own
preferences and needs. The author has moved quickly to take advantage
of the new capabilities of TrackType.org. Use Magic Tagger 2.2.3 in
conjunction with TrackType.org to update and correct missing or erroneous
information in your music collection, quickly and conveniently.
Friday, July 7 2006, 1:00+10
What methods are provided for software to search TrackType.org?
The 'cddb query' command from the old freedb protocol is implemented and
is the means by which your client software is able to search TrackType.org
for records matching an audio compact disc.
TrackType.org also provides a new command 'cddb album' for searching
for records using the artist name and/or the album title. The command
is invoked using the CDDB over HTTP protocol exactly as for 'cddb query'
and returns a list of exact or fuzzy matches in exactly the same format
as 'cddb query'. Some examples of the command where the artist name is
"artist name" and the album title is "album title" look like this:
In each case TrackType.org will do its best to find an exact match
for the artist and title of the album. If it fails to find an exact match
then it will revert to fuzzy matching on the words and phrases that you
have requested. The result code returned for the search reflects whether
or not an exact match was found, as for the 'cddb query' command. Use the
'cddb read' command to retrieve the contents of a record, or alternatively
use one of the methods documented below. If you experience any problems
please email the database administrator for assistance.
Thursday, July 6 2006, 6.30+10
What does the future hold for freedb2.org? Most urgently,
to make the freedb data and TrackType.org software available under the
most free possible terms, preferably as public domain for the data and
under the new BSD licence for the software.
Short term, finish implementing, testing and deploying the remaining
freedb features and more of the planned TrackType.org features that have
been requested by users and developers over the past six years.
Medium term, a name change. While not required by any reasonable law
or code of ethics, I believe it will help to restore confidence in the
project and encourage everyone to look forward to a brighter future.
Long term, I would like to see the TrackType.org ideal
grow into a decentralised and distributed system, much like Jabber or some other kind of
Thursday, July 6 2006, 1:45+10
Can I submit new records to TrackType.org? Yes, you
can submit new records to TrackType.org via email submissions. The
preferred address to use is email@example.com although
firstname.lastname@example.org is also accepted.
Please note that I am currently trying to establish whether or not
the freedb data can or should be released in to the public domain. For
the time being, new submissions will be kept separate from the main
database and will not appear in TrackType.org until the matter can be
resolved one way or the other.
Unless public opinion is strongly opposed to it, new submissions will
be released in to the public domain at that time. The existing database
will remain under the GPL if it is not possible or desirable to bring
it in to the public domain.
Wednesday, July 5 2006, 7:15+10
The PostgreSQL Company, Command Prompt, Inc
has generously donated hosting and bandwidth to help TrackType.org
become a great success. This distinguished company has been chosen
to sponsor TrackType.org for its extensive experience with managed
hosting of PostgreSQL database solutions, and because it is impartial
and independent of the businesses and software developers which depend
Tuesday, July 4 2006, 10:15+10
Can I use my freedb client software with TrackType.org?
In most cases, yes. TrackType.org supports a subset of the CDDB over
HTTP protocol used by freedb.org. To use your music software with
TrackType.org go to the preferences for your operating system or client
software and change freedb.freedb.org and/or freedb.org
to tracktype.org. You should also make sure that the HTTP protocol
is selected for accessing the database.
How do I access the TrackType.org database directly? You can
access the TrackType.org database directly in a number of ways, and
more methods will be added over time. If you know the freedb category
(e.g. misc) and the disc id (e.g. 7306110a) of the record
that you want then you can retrieve it via a URL like http://tracktype.org/freedb/misc/7306110a
for the freedb record or http://tracktype.org/xml/misc/7306110a
for the XML version of the same record.
Tuesday, July 4 2006, 06:15+10
Where can I download the data for TrackType.org? The data
for TrackType.org is exactly the same as the data for freedb.org as of
July 1st 2006. For the time being you should still be able to download
it from the old freedb.org mirrors. At present TrackType.org does not
have the bandwidth available to serve large files or seed a bittorrent,
but I am working on a solution.
Will TrackType.org remain free? TrackType.org will be even
more free than the old freedb.org. In particular, new submissions will
be released into the public domain and there will be no restrictions
placed on timely access to the data, such as those that were imposed by
freedb.org. New submissions will be made available in real time via a
number of mechanisms such RSS and XML as the resources become available
to support them.
Further components will be published under the BSD licence as they
become ready. At this stage I do not intend to release the source code
for the TrackType.org website, but I do intend to release everything
that you will need to set up your own local TrackType.org server and
mirror. In many cases you won't need to do that because you will be able
to obtain a live feed for your website directly from TrackType.org.
Tuesday, July 4 2006, 05:45+10
Welcome to TrackType.org. This page will contain
news and information about the present status and future direction of
TrackType.org. Please check back regularly for updates. The next post
will contain answers to the most frequently asked questions that have
been received so far. There are many people waiting on these answers,
so please spread the word.
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