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Music Examples

An attempt to gather together examples of pages describing, linking to, or referring to music.

Participants

The Problem

Publishers of audio files annotate them with visible data about the audio, so users know who they're from and whether or not they want the files.

A format that semantically marked up existing info about audio would allow software such as a CD playing program to parse and index that information from the respective web page (c/f CDDB).

Introduction

Examples of what people actually publish on the Web when discussing, linking to and referring to musical artists and their works. This is focused predominantly on the descriptions of artists and their releases. Track information is better covered in the more general media-info-examples.

For the purposes of this discussion "artist" refers to the performing artist. That is, the individual or group that performed on a particular sound recording rather than the writer or composer of a song (in many cases, they're one in the same). This distinction has to do with the association between performers and particular sound recordings and the nuts and bolts of music copyright-- it's in no way an assertion about the definition of artistry.

Releases refer to collections sound recordings that are packaged together and made available together. Singles, EPs and albums would all be releases.

Emphasis on Practical, Simple, and Minimal

Since all previous known attempts at this problem area have ended up quite complex and over-designed, this attempt will place simplicity and minimalism first and foremost.

Thus for now, this document is deliberately restricted to examples that are:

  • Actual examples in practice on the Web with URLs to the originals (note, all *-examples pages should be like this, but previous attempts at documenting media info examples have mostly ignored this requirement, and thus it is necessary to be explicit).
  • Representative of very common publishing behavior on the Web. This focus on common, representative examples is essential. If possible, include an estimate of the number of similar examples. E.g. ~10k.
  • Simple and minimalist. As simple as possible. Go read the microformats principles right now before proceeding any further.

Any examples added which do not conform to these requirements will be deleted.

Any generic analysis will also be deleted. Analysis before examples is premature. Once there are sufficient media-info-examples, and hopefully a simple/clean listing of media-info-formats, we'll hopefully start a media-info-brainstorming page to do aggregate analysis of the examples.

Table of Contents

Real World Examples

Commerce Sites

  • AudioFind
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: artist (link), title, genre (link), style (link), release date, label, summary, web-based purchase (link), price, artist rating, album rating, cover image
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title, length, rating, price, sample (link), web-based purchase (link)
  • Telstra BigPond
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: artist (link), title, genre, release date, label, summary, web-based purchase (link), subscriber price, non-subscriber price, cover image
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title, artist, album, price, add to pop-list (link), sample (link), web-based purchase (link)
  • Bitmunk
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: artist, album title, publisher, release date, genre (link), summary, long description, payees, total price, sample (link), tracks, web-based purchase (link), cover image, p2p-based purchase (link)
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: artist, song title, composer, publisher, release date, genres, album, payees, total price, web-based purchase (link), p2p-based purchase (link)
  • Yahoo! Music Unlimited
    • Album Example (unavailable without signing in)
    • Song Example (unavailable without signing in)
  • Download Punk
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), label (link), physical-based purchase (link), web-based purchase (link), cover image
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: title, sample (link), price, web-based purchase (link)
  • FYE
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), format, release date, label (link), UPC, product id, genre, styles, cover image, regular price, store price, savings, physical-based purchase (link), tracks, description, reviews, production credits
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title, artist
  • iMusic
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), cover image, genre, release date, publisher, number of tracks, length, tracks, web-based purchase (link)
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, length, sample (link), release date, price, web-based purchase (link)
  • AON Music
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: artist (link), album, cover image, price, format, bitrate, label, genre, number of tracks, sample (link), add bookmark (link), web-based purchase (link), tracks
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title, length, format, price, sample (link), add bookmark (link), web-based purchase (link)
  • MSN
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: artist (link), title, release date, label, album rating, cover image,
    • Song Example (store wasn't working correctly - no song info found)
  • TDC Online
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), length, release date, label, format, cover image, web-based purchase (link), price, tracks
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title (link), price, sample (link), web-based purchase (link)
  • Audio Lunchbox
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), label (link), genre (link), release date (link), cover image, format, bitrate, price, price in credits, web-based purchase (link), add to wishlist (link), sample (flash applet), tracks
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title, length, price, price in credits, web-based purchase (link), sample (flash applet)
  • Chaos Music
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), cover image, genre, format, release date, price, physical-based purchase (link), add to wishlist (link), tracks, description, availability
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title
  • Sony Connect
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), cover image, genre (link), release date, label, length, publisher, price, web-based purchase (link), tracks
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist, length, price, sample (link), web-based purchase (link)
  • Digirama
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), genre (link), label, cover image, release date, price, web-based purchase (link), license, related albums, also bought, reviews, tracks
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title, length, sample (link), price, web-based purchase (link)
  • eMusic
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), sample (link), save to playlist (link), genre (link), styles (link), label (link), album rating, reviews, length, tracks, web-based purchase (link)
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, sample (link), tracks, length, web-based purchase (link)
  • FNAC
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), cover image, length, add to playlist (link), web-based purchase (link), tracks, price, genre
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: sample (link), add to playlist (link), track number, title, length, web-based purchase (link), price
  • Sanity
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), cover image, release date, catalog ID, SKU, label, price, price in points, summary, tracks, physical-based purchase (link)
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title
  • MisRolas
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), cover image, release date, number of tracks, album rating, price, web-based purchase (link), tracks, reviews
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title, sample (link), artist, price, web-based purchase (link), add to wishlist (link)
  • MTV
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title (link), artist (link), cover image, release date, label, tracks, physical-based purchase (link)
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title, sample (link), video sample (link)
  • Musica360
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist, price, samples (flash), cover image, tracks, web-based purchase (link)
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist, price, web-based purchase (link)
  • Musicload
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), price, rating, genre, length, quality, release date, label, sample (link), web-based purchase (link), track list, comments
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), album (link), price, rating, genre, length, quality, release date, label, sample (link), web-based purchase (link), comments
  • Musicmatch (Merged with Yahoo! Jukebox)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • MusicNet (Service Provider)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • AOL Music Now (Merged with Napster)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • Napster
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), release date, track count, label, sample (link), share (link), web-based purchase (link), review, track list
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: artist (link), title, track number, album title, length, web-based purchase (link)
  • Nate.com (Appears to be Korean, cannot find album examples)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • Next Radio (Service Provider)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • PartyMob
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), total length, release date, format, quality, genre, sample (link), price, web-based purchase (link), track list
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist, length, release date, format, quality, genre, sample (link), price, web-based purchase (link), DRM information
  • Peer Impact
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), price, purchase (application link), format, track count, genre, release date, label, track list
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, sample (link), title, artist (link), length, price
  • Pure Tracks
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: artist, title, label, total length, disc count, release date, price, web-based purchase (link), DRM information, track list
    • Song Example (in popup window)
      • Information displayed: track number, sample (link), title, artist, length, price, web-based purchase (link), label (popup)
  • Reggae Country
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist, release date, label, web-based purchse (link), price, track list
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: sample (link), track number, title, artist, length, web-based purchase (link), price
  • Ruckus
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist, release date, genre, label, track list
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: track number, title, length
  • Sanity
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), release date, catalog id, label, price, web-based purchase (link), track list
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: sample, track number, title
  • Soundbuzz (Requires MS IE6)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • Starbucks (Requires Flash 8 player)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • Starzik SARL
    • Album Example (hidden url)
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), genre, label, release date, length, format, bitrate, size, web-based purchase (link), track list
    • Song Example (hidden url, separate from album example)
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), album title, genre, label, release date, length, creators, composer, performance artist, format, bitrate, size, web-based purchase (link)
  • Street CDs (parked domain name)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • Synacor (Service provider)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • Telecom Italia (Service provider)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • Pixbox (Terra) (Windows application)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • CellCity
    • [1] Album Example]
      • Information displayed: artist, label, release date, genre, track list
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: title, price, web-based purchase (link)
  • top100.cn
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), release date, sample (link), web-based purchase (link), label (link), genre (link), long description, track list
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), label (link), genre (link), price, sample (link), web-based purchase (link), description, comments
  • Virgin Digital (merged with Napster)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • Virgin (Requires Windows)
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed:
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed:
  • Wippit
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), price, genre (link), format, release date, track list, web-based purchase (link)
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), album (link), genre, format, release date, size, track number, file type, price, web-based purchase link
  • Yanga
    • Album Example
      • Information displayed: title, artist (link), genre (link), release date, label, price, web-based purchase (link), rating, track list
    • Song Example
      • Information displayed: sample, track number, title, length, rating, price, web-based purchase (link)
  • somesongs
    • Has song title (linked to more info), artist (linked to more info), play link (to mp3), and rating
  • Magnatune
    • Has artist (linked to more info), artist description, album title (linked to more info), lofi streaming link (to m3u), hifi streaming link (to m3u), link to more info, link to license info, link to purchase info.
  • Yes.com
    • Music played in last hour (example)
      • Flash page with track play time, artist, title, cover art. Affiliate linked to iTunes music store.
    • Top 100 Chart (example)
      • HTML page with chart position, last week's chart position, artist, title (affiliate link to iTunes music store)
  • MySpace (examples: [2] [3] [4])
    • Artist pages containing embedded flash players. Song title starts song playing on embedded player. Download link optionally links to mp3.
    • Link to artist's homepage, band members, influences, biography.
  • MusicBrainz.org
    • MusicBrainz provides a catalog of music metadata such as the artist name, the release title, and the list of tracks that appear on a release.
    • Since 2005, users have the option to further relate each of these entities using a detailed set of relationships (i.e. who played which instrument on a release/track).
    • Examples: browse and search the catalog
  • iTunes RSS extensions
    • The DTD used to add richer data to media available in podcasts via the iTunes Music Store.
  • Discogs
    • Extensive database with labels, artists, albums, etc. Also has extremely detailed submission guidelines that probably qualify for a media-info format.

Music Journalism

  • to do!: Links to NME, Rolling Stone, Paste, Q, Pitchfork
  • to do!: Links to collaborative music review sites

Music Blogs

Artist pages

Particularly, pages which provide information about performing artists.

Record Label pages

Label sites (like many artist sites) tend to not be the best examples of minimal, semantic mark up. They are, nonetheless, important and prevalent enough to list.

Release Sites

Pages and/or small sites devoted to a specific release by an artist. These generally include release descriptions, track listings and album art. They may have links to downloadable or streamable media as well. Another note: artist bios are, in some cases, release specific-- from a label perspective they are often re-written every time an active artist has a new major release.

Music database sites

Social sites