FreeDB import broken (fixed!)

The FreeDB import feature is currently broken due to FreeDB.org being switched over to MAGIX (whatever that means). This switch was less than elegant since it seems that the old port 888 method for retrieving the CD info and web searches have been switched off.

Currently the MusicBrainz server uses the old port 888 method, so we need to code the server to retrieve data via HTTP. freedb2.org has web searching features, so we’re going to be switching over to use them instead of freedb.org.

In the meantime, you can use the track parser to import CDs from FreeDB. Sorry for the inconvenience!

UPDATE: Seems to be working now. Let’s see if things hold.

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2 thoughts on “FreeDB import broken (fixed!)

  1. keschte

    I’m pretty sure it is the glorious company with products like “Music Maker 2007 XXL”, “Music Studio 2007 deluxe” which have bought the domain name. See http://www.magix.de

  2. James Henstridge

    freedb.freedb.org seems to be responding to port 888 and 8880 requests again.

    It seems that you need to use the CDDBP over HTTP protocol to retrieve data from freedb2.org. This should be pretty trivial to implement though (and seems to be the more common protocol these days, due to it working through HTTP proxies).

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