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Anthony Eden

Something like MusicBrainz (http://musicbrainz.org/)?

-Anthony

Burkhard

I agree a music service that does for music what the International Movie Database (imdb.com) does for film would be great.

Did you see Allmusic.com? this comes close to what you're talking about - lots of info, biographical data, discographies etc for many bands, but they basically rely on an editorial staff, only backed up by information sent in by users.

IMDB has more user contributions but still relies heavily on editorial staff as far as i can tell.

Mark Wasiel

It's still in its infancy and is finally getting out of being only a techno/dance/electronic place, but Discogs is starting to become the music Wikipedia.

http://www.discogs.com

It's better than Allmusic because Allmusic only allows one review. Discogs allows multiple reviews and allows everyone to rate it just like imdb. Also Allmusic doesn't cross-reference it's artists to the degree that Discogs does. It's fun to click on an artist (or a producer or engineer or just a backing musician) and see everything that the arist has been on.

If someone could connect this with online listening or just your own mp3 listening by tags, it would be even better. Alternatively, if you could hook discogs up to a music service so you could hear what is in Discogs that would be great too. You'll find that many of the items in Discogs are major long tail though and none of the music services would have them however.

Ryan Shaw

Rich, fan-contributed metadata for media content is the core idea behind the MSMDX project. The study described on that site focuses on video content rather than audio, but the same principles apply.

As the commenters above point out, there are services like Musicbrainz and Discogs doing this in the music space. One reason I think they haven't seen wider exposure is that powerful forces like Gracenote are threatening companies who consider working with these open projects, seeing them as a threat to their desired metadata monopoly. Not to mentioned misguided record companies who consider any information related to their properties to be 100% owned by them.

David Sabel

While lacking full length previews or a subscription model, upto11.net (http://www.upto11.net) has integrated articles from the Wikipedia about artists, albums and songs with user created tags, playlists and P2P-collection-based recommendations.

You can quickly find a new band, read articles from the Wikipedia about that new band when there is an article and then click through to preview and buy the music from many of the more popular services such as iTunes/Amazon/MSNMusic/BuyMusic.com.

Also, if you see an artist's page with a thin or empty article, you can easily click over to the Wikipedia to edit or start a new article.

Elana Winsberg

For Seattle's music scene, Seattle Noise (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/bands/) does just that: invites local bands to upload clips and post bios.

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Last fm already has this model; each band/artist listing comes with several paragraphs detailing the band's history, influences and styles, as well as a discography. These can be changed by readers at any point.

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