Saturday, September 16, 2006

Unique index of all artists and songs in the world

I've been using Last.FM to keep track of songs that I played in my computer. It creates my own top chart. But I noticed that there is a problem; how to differentiate artists with the same name. For example, in the 70s there was a band called "Angel". Apparently there is also an artist by the same name. (See this page.) The statistics for "Angel" is incorrect. For this particular example, the description of "Angel" is the rock band, but the top songs came from the newer artist.

Another example, is "Angels and Airwaves" the same as "Angels & Airwaves"? A small difference. The names refer to the same band, but computer cannot distinguish them. In last.fm, the tag "Angels and Airwaves" contains a message saying that the tag is incorrect and we should change it to "Angels & Airwaves."

To solve this problem there should be an index of all artists and songs in the world. We could use the index to identify songs. I think this is doable. At least, if it is done by Google or Yahoo or company that has huge computing and database resources. Any taker(s) out there?

3 comments:

Rizky said...

kan udah ada Gracenote mas. database audio CD itu loh.

biasanya semua artis major label udah terdaftar disini kok. en hampir semua media player juga ngambil meta data sebuah album dari Gracenote.

trus setau saya Last.fm juga lg ngembangin database musik mereka sendiri. yg juga bisa memecahkan masalah yg mas bilang.

budi said...

Lah, problem ini justru muncul dari Last.fm :D (Saya lupa diskusinya di forum yang mana.) Masalahnya kalau saya sebut "angel", tentu orang bingung yang mana ya.

Gracenote juga nggak bisa nemuin "angel" yang saya maksud tuh. Padahal di tahun 70-an, band ini cukup ngetop juga. Mungkin karena kurang di-drive oleh social network ya? Jadi kurang banyak tangan yang entry data. he he he

snydez said...

..and how it can differensiate between legit and pirate song ;P P