There are several music databases on the web that you can go browse and look and information related to music. Some include the Gracenote CDDB, The All Music Guide, FreeDB and MusicBrainz. What are the differences between them? I've posted about the CDDB and All Music Guide before. Both of these databases are used frequently by the musicians I work with and around every day. You can read more about them by clicking these links.
Where does the album artwork on my player come from? It is a common question in this digital age. Various players, like iTunes and Window Media Player, download the album artwork (along with the track names) from an online database like the Gracenote CDDB or the All Music Guide. This information is not actually on a CD itself, but found by a unique '
Often confused with CD-Text, the online Compact Disc Database stores metadata on audio CD's. The online database was created by Gracenote and is accessed by client applications, such as iTunes. The client application sends a 'disc thumbprint' then the information in the database is downloaded and displayed in the program. Sometimes, especially with burned discs, there are multiple entries in the database for that thumb print due to several users adding their personal 'mix cds' to the datab
CD-Text extends the Red Book specification and allows metadata to be embedded into the physical disc. The information about album artist, album title, track title, track artist, ISRC, arranger, composer, performer, songwriter, and a message can all be are stored either in the disc's table of contents (TOC) or in the subchannels R through W. Only disc players with the special compact disc digital audio cd-text logo will read and output this data. Most computers use another method of getting