url = [http://www.allmusic.com/ allmusic.com]
commercial = Yes
language = English
registration = No
launch date = 1991
current status = Online
allmusic (previously All Music Guide) is a
metadatadatabase about music, owned by All Media Guide. Allmusic was founded in 1991 by popular-culture archivist Michael Erlewineas a guide for consumers. Its first reference book was published the next year. AMG on the internet predates the World Wide Weband was first available as a Gopher site.
Allmusic content is created by professional data entry staff, editors, and writers. The network of writers includes over 900 music critics who review albums and songs and write artist biographies. Reviewers include
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, John Bush, Heather Phares, Tim Sendra, Thom Jurek, Andy Kellman, Ned Raggett, William Ruhlmann, Richie Unterberger, Jason Lymangrover, Andrew Leahey, David Jeffries, Steve Leggett, Scott McClintock, Greg McIntosh, Marisa Brown, Sean Westergaard, Al Campbell, Matt Collar, Katherine Fulton, Opal Louis Nations, John Phillip Roberts, Eugene Chadbourne, Jo-Anne Greene, Scott Yanow, Margaret Reges, Eduardo Rivadavia, Jason Ankeny, Ken Dryden, Roxanne Blanford, and Greg Prato. cite web |url=http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:kcftxqqjld0e |title=Greg Prato |accessdate=2007-03-29] cite web |url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781FD246A47E20C591331CC49465FB1BD94AF4871F6E4F51C9A9326B851A65B47FA095CEAEFB7CAB7BAFFF26E85B0FD9CBE75CFEDA764C40&sql=68: |title=AMG Editors |accessdate=2008-03-19]
Allmusic's database is licensed and used in point-of-sale systems by some music retailers. The database consists of:
*Basic Metadata: names, genres, credits, copyright info, product numbers, etc.
*Descriptive Content: styles, tones, moods, themes, nationalities, etc.
*Relational Content: similar artists and albums, influences, etc.
*Editorial Content: biographies, reviews, rankings, etc.
Allmusic also claims to have the world's largest digital archive of music, including approximately six million songs fully digitized, as well as the world's largest cover art library, with over half a million cover image scans.
The website [http://www.allmusic.com/ allmusic.com] is a sample of what is available in the database. The site was launched in 1995 as an online demonstration for potential database licensees of the breadth of content included in the database.
The Allmusic database is also used by several generations of
Windows Media Playerand Musicmatch Jukeboxto identify and organize music collections. Windows Media Player 11 and the integrated MTVUrge music store have expanded the use of Allmusic data to include related artists, biographies, reviews, playlists and other metadata.
Allmusic is also used to provide metadata including catalog data, artist biographies, album
reviews, related artist information, playlists and other information in the iTunesMusic Store, Zune Marketplace, eMusic, AOL, Yahoo!, Amazon.com, and other music stores.
While the web version of AMG has much more information on most forms of popular music than the 1176 pages of the 1992 book edited by Michael Erlewine and Scott Bultman ("All Music Guide: the best CDs, albums & tapes", published by Miller Freeman Inc., San Francisco), it is missing much of the information on classical music that appeared in the book.
AMG headquarters are located in Ann Arbor,
The Allmusic database was made available in 2004 as part of the
AMG LASSOcomprehensive media recognition service. The LASSO media recognition service automatically recognizes CDs, digital audio files, and DVDs. After the media is recognized, the service delivers related metadata content from All Media Guide metadatadatabases.
All Music Guide to the Blues
All Music Guide to Jazz
List of online encyclopedias
List of online music databases
* [http://www.allmusic.com/ Allmusic]
* [http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=10087 Make it or break it: How a small-town music fetishist turned an obsession into a multimillion-dollar All Media Guide] , "Metro Times" (Detroit)
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