Monthly Archives: July 2007

Release of RBrainz, version 0.2

I’m reposting this from the MusicBrainz-devel mailing list:

Version 0.2 of RBrainz, a Ruby library to access the MusicBrainz web service, has been released.

With this release all of the features provided by the MusicBrainz web service are supported. The most notable changes from the previous beta releases are:

* Querying of collections

* User authentication and querying of user information

* PUID submission

* Support for label aliases

* Complete support of the MusicBrainz metadata scheme 1.2 (including the upcoming tagging)

A complete list of changes can be found at

http://rubyforge.org/frs/shownotes.php?release_id=13094

I like to thank Nigel Graham who joined development and implemented important parts of the library. Without him this complete release wouldn’t have been so early possible.

For more information about RBrainz see the following resources:

Homepage:

http://rbrainz.rubyforge.org

API documentation:

http://rbrainz.rubyforge.org/api/

Download:

http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=3677

CD Baby integrates some MusicBrainz data

Derek Sivers, the owner of CD Baby and a general MusicBrainz fan has recently integrated a sounds-like feature into CD Baby that uses MusicBrainz data. Derek says:

Cooooooooooool!

http://cdbaby.com/found?soundlike= 678d88b2-87b0-403b-b63d-5da7465aecc3

http://cdbaby.com/found?soundlike= 87c5dedd-371d-4a53-9f7f-80522fb7f3cb

and thanks to your wonderful aliases:

http://cdbaby.com/found?allsearch=biggie

… will pull up The Notorious B.I.G., etc.

This feature allows CD Baby users to search for CD Baby artists who sound like similar artists that might be cataloged in MusicBrainz. This feature also cross references MusicBrainz artist aliases for an even greater effect: If a CD Baby artist says they sound like “The Notorious B.I.G.” and a customer searches for “biggie”, they will find this artist.

Very nice work Derek!

CotM – Phoenix Rises again!

Renamed and Renewed the CotM, now dubbed “Cleanup of the Month”
has been resurrected and given a new header, this time It is Ennio Morricone, everybodies favourite Spaghetti-western composer.

How can I help?

* if you have any Ennio Morricone releases, please add them, and or their TOC to the database, update the label info
* if you got some spare time, lookup some links for us to use and add them to the Ennio Morricone CotM sub-page
* try to get anyone possibly interested in doing some editing in this area to join, we can’t do this community effort without the community!

good luck and happy editing!