List of online music databases

Below is a table of online music databases that are largely free of charge. Note that many of the sites provide a specialized service or focus on a particular music genre. Some of these operate as an online music store or purchase referral service in some capacity. Among the sites that have information on the largest number of entities are those sites that focus on discographies of composing and performing artists.

Database Services No. of tracks No. of releases No. of artists Notes License Full free access
ACRCloud Audio fingerprinting / music recognition service 40,000,000 Fingerprinting with metadata
AllMusicMusic information and reviews.~20,000,000[1]~2,200,000[1] Song samples only.
Archiwum Polskiego RockaPolish Rock Archives.~20,000~6,300~630 Yes
ccMixterCommunity music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons32,334[2]
Choral Public Domain LibrarySheet music archive of choral and vocal music in the public domain or otherwise freely available for printing and performing Yes
ClowdyIndependent Music sharing site~20,000 20,000 usersYes
QuantoneDatabase of physical/digital products, venues, photos, artists, participants, composers, movements, labels, publishers and rights.12,000,000[3] 301,000For commercial business-to-business usage only. API available.
DeezerWeb-based music streaming service35,000,000[4] ~26 million users No
Discogs• Database: user-generated cross-referenced database of physical & digital releases, artists, and labels. With catalogue numbers, codes, and all other markings taken directly from each release.
• Companies/organisations: cross-referencing all others involved in music production (record companies, manufacturers, distributors, publishers, rights holders, venues, studios, etc.)
• Images: for releases, artists, labels, and other companies/organisations listed.
• Marketplace: for trade of physical music releases.
151,200,000[5]7,000,000[6]4,500,000[6]• Multi-lingual.
• Free membership (which also removes all site ads).
• Marketplace lists over 26 million items (largest physical music items marketplace online).
• 1 billion edits.
PD/CC0[7]Free API and XML data dumps.[8]
The Echo NestA music metadata API.35,000,000 2,500,000 Free access to selected catalogues ("sandboxes").[9]
Encyclopaedia MetallumA heavy metal encyclopedia with information, complete discography, links, images, and reviews.~1,900,000[10]~265,000[10]~102,000 bands, ~535,000 artists[10]
freedbIdentification service for CDs. GPL.
Free Music ArchiveCurated repository of music (MP3) under Creative Commons and other licenses. Founded by radio station WFMU. 65,000+ 12,000+ Creative Commons / Download-Only/Art Libre/Public Domain
The Freesound Projectrepository of Creative Commons-licensed audio samples. CC Sampling Plus.
GracenoteIdentification service for CDs and other media.~100,000,000[11]~8,000,000[11] 1 billion "submissions".[12]
GuveraMusic streaming service10,000,000+[13] 10 million+ users Yes
International Music Score Library ProjectMusic scores and parts, mostly scanned from publications now in the public domain; some recordings.42,000 (370,000 scores) 14,500 composers, 387 performers.[14] PD/CC-BY-NC-SA.
Internet ArchiveHuge live music archive and host for hundreds of free music netlabels. ~200,000[15] CC/PD.Yes
Jamendofree full-length music download. CC/Free Art License.
JangoAdvertising-supported internet radio and social networking. Yes.
Last.fmMusic community website.12,000,000[16] Automatically creates online library/collection of listened to music and generates recommendations.
LyricWikiLyrics wiki on Wikia.~1,280,000[17]~100,000[17]~68,000[17] Yes, but no access to the lyrics via API.
MAQAMLargest Database of Arabic and Middle Eastern music artists, tracks, and albums.20,000 1,200
MetroLyricsLyrics lookup.
MoozoneOnline music storage and community service.8,000,000730,000590,000
MP3.cominformation about digital music and artists (formerly freely licensed music download). Does not play its own music.
MuseScoreOnline sheet music sharing. Also includes free music notation software to enable a wide range of instrumental music scores to be created, printed and shared No--free accounts are permitted five uploads; beyond that, payment is required
MusicBrainzOpen content music database.~20,355,812[18]~1,623,048[18]~1,084,106[18] GPL/LGPL/PD/CC-BY-NC-SA.
MusicMightBiographies and discographies.
Musixmatch The world's largest lyrics platform. Yes.
Mutopia Projectrepository of free content sheet music. Download Service10,000[19]
MySpace MusicLicensed music streaming and artist uploaded streaming.42,000,000[20] Free with advertising.
RainwaveMusic community featuring video game music. Users can request and rate music, with music selected by election: during every song, users vote from a choice of three tracks to choose the next song to play.~11,000~1,500~1,800
Rate Your MusicCatalog, rate, tag, and review your music. Create lists. ~3,100,000[21]~1,035,000[21]
RolldabeatsDrum N Bass music database, physical releases only.
Saavn High-Quality Web and Mobile Music Streams, acronym for South Asian Audio Visual Network +2 million Yes
ShareTheMusicService for free and legally music sharing.
Spotify Subscription Music Streaming 38,000,000[22] 4,200,000[22]2,300,000[22] +60,000,000 users.[23] Subscription Based Free With Audio Ads
University of Pittsburgh Library System Archives Service Center[24]
Werner Icking Music Archive
WikifoniaFree lead sheets in MusicXML format, contributed and editable by users.
WhoSampledUser-generated database of comparison between original tracks and covers, or songs that uses samples.48,000 18,000
Database Services No. of tracks No. of releases No. of artists Notes License Full free access

See also


  1. 1 2 "Coverage Statistics". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  2. ccMixter - Free Music Downloader
  3. "Data and API Coverage Statistics". Decibel. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
  4. "Deezer Offers". Deezer.
  5. "Data Dumps". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  6. 1 2 "Explore Releases On Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  7. "Discogs API v2.0 Documentation". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  8. "Discogs API Documentation". Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  9. "The Echo Nest Developer Center". Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  10. 1 2 3 "M-A Statistics". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  11. 1 2 Gracenote |
  12. Gracenote |
  13. Enricko Lukman (2014-02-04). "Australia's music streaming service Guvera launches in Indonesia". TechInAsia. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  14. "Library statistics". IMSLP. Retrieved 2010-12-17..
  15. "Audio main page". Internet Archive. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  16. « CBS IMG
  17. 1 2 3 "LyricWiki Statistics". LyricWiki. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  18. 1 2 3 "Database Statistics". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  19. "'Nigerian iTunes' dances to the mobile phone beat". CNN.
  20. Myspace gains 1 million users, touts more music than Spotify -
  21. 1 2 "RYM Statistics". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-20.
  22. 1 2 3 "Spotify Web API Search results". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  23. "Spotify website". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  24. "Home - Audio-Visual Resources @ Pitt Archives - LibGuides at University of Pittsburgh".
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