Monthly Archives: May 2009

RDF Web Service will cease to exist after the NGS release

The old skool RDF based web service (at /cgi-bin/mq_2_1.pl /cgi-bin/mq.pl /cgi-bin/rdf_2_1.pl and /cgi-bin/rdf.pl) will cease to exist when we release the Next Generation Schema (NGS) release that will go into a beta release on August 31. This web service has been deprecated for three years now, its finally time to put it out if its own misery.

As of this release the Classic Tagger will completely stop functioning. RIP Classic Tagger!

Release groups and ISRC release is complete!

We’ve just finished rolling out our latest release to support Release Groups, ISRCs and CD Stub searching!

For all the details on this release, check out the release notes.
I would like to thank Luks, Dave Evans, Navap, Outsidecontext, Voiceinsideyou, Murdos, Pronik, Prodoc and everyone else who has helped put this release together! Thank you for all your hard work!

P.S. Happy Birthday to Matt Wood!

Server upgrade starting very soon

Welcome all Lifehacker users!

Unfortunately you picked a bad day to come inundate MusicBrainz, because today is our next server update. This will start very soon, within about half an hour of me posting this entry. We expect to be down for at least 30 minutes today.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Release groups & ISRCs: Please help us test this release!

We’ve hammered out many of the rough edges from the upcoming release and now we need your help to test the release to spot any problems that may have slipped past our new code review process.

New in this release:
– Release groups: This allows us to group same titled releases from one artist that have slightly different track lists into release groups. For instance, here is a Weezer release group that has many separate releases in it. We have converted as many batches of releases to release groups as we automatically could, but there are tons left to do. We’ll need your help!
– ISRC support: We can now track ISRC codes. While this is less useful to end users, our commercial customers have been asking for this for eons.
– WikiDocs: Our WikiDocs system now uses our new Mediawiki to pull documentation from.
– Bug fixes from our last release.

Aside from a good chunk of the bug fixes, all of these things are now live on our test server. Please report bugs to our bug tracker and make sure to select the “Server: ReleaseGroups, ISRCs, Bug Fixes” milestone so we can spot your bugs fast. Also take a look at the bugs we’ve already closed for this release and which ones are still outstanding.

We have one major known issue, where some release groups may be found in the search engine, but will give a “release group not found error” (example). This is a known bug.

Finally, do the release groups as we have them now make sense to you? There are a few things that may not be entirely clear, so we’re looking for feedback how to make things more clear before we release this on May 24th.

Release groups, ISRCs and bug fix release: May 24th

The next update of the MusicBrainz server will happen on May 24th. For this update we will have the following new features:

  1. Release groups: Group together like releases (same titled releases by the same artist) into one group.
  2. Support for attaching ISRC codes to tracks.
  3. Bug fixes.

No later than this weekend I will post a call for testing with details on what has changed and what bugs were fixed. Stay tuned!