Re: [rumori] MP3s: pay-to-play: CDDB (fwd)

From: matt davignon (
Date: Mon Feb 19 2001 - 22:23:22 PST

Isn't this exactly what got sued over with their "My"

>From: { brad brace } <>
>Subject: [rumori] MP3s: pay-to-play: CDDB (fwd)
>Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 21:00:14 -0800 (PST)
>About Gracenote
>With over 1,000 licensees in 35 countries, 20 million unique users a
>month, and more than 800,000 albums and 10 million songs in our
>database, Gracenote is the most comprehensive and widely accessible
>platform for delivering music related content and services in the
>world. Gracenote's products and services enhance the online music
>experience for consumers and provide our partners with value-added
>services, information, and revenue sources.
>Where We Started
>Gracenote started in 1995 as CDDB, a free service by and for music
>fans to identify the music they were playing on their computers. The
>database was built by its users, and grew to be a "must-have"
>application for internet-enabled music players. Recent technological
>developments by Gracenote have opened new opportunities, and in July
>2000 the company changed its name to Gracenote to acknowledge this
>diversification. However, the CDDB service is still completely free to
>end users.
>What We Do
>Gracenote's signature CDDB® Music Recognition Service TM is the
>industry standard for music recognition services. It has the largest
>online database of audio CD and song titles in the world and is
>accessed by over 20,000,000 unique users each month. It is licensed by
>leading software and hardware developers like AOL/Winamp, MusicMatch,
>Kenwood, RealNetworks and Creative Labs. Click here for links to
>applications using the latest version of this service.
>Gracenote's Content Delivery Engine provides the ability to aggregate
>and deliver rich third-party content that is directly related to music
>as it is playing. By providing player partners, application developers
>and device makers the ability to serve targeted content in context to
>the music listening experience, Gracenote enables our partners to
>generate new revenue streams while fundamentally changing the music
>listening experience. Current content partners include,
>MTVi Group (,, and,, Muze, and
>our own news-gathering applications.
>CDKey technology can verify possession of a particular CD and use it
>as a key to enable web-based applications like music lockers or music
>service providers. It can even unlock bonus content from any location,
>including Gracenote-enabled applications such as media players or
>websites. Click here for links to some recent CDKey promotions.
>Gracenote is constantly striving to develop new ways to give our
>licensees and partners access to the highest quality technology and
>services. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded
>three patents to Gracenote. Click here to find out more about our
>Gracenote: we make music better.
> Digital Top Ten Albums
> This
> week
> Artist : Album
> 1. Eminem / The Marshall Mathers LP
> 2. Limp Bizkit / Chocolate Starfish and The Hot Dog Flavored
> Water
> 3. Beatles / One
> 4. U2 / All That You Can't Leave Behind
> 5. Dido / No Angel
> 6. Lenny Kravitz / Greatest Hits
> 7. Moby / Play
> 8. Backstreet Boys / Black and Blue
> 9. Creed / Human Clay
> 10. Linkin Park / Hybrid Theory
> Data for 4 February 2001 to 11 February 2001
> The Gracenote Digital Top 10 represents the most played albums on
>the Internet, as compiled weekly from
> aggregate usage data from over 23 million listeners around the
>using Gracenote's CDDB® Music
> Recognition Service.
>What is CDDB?
>1.What is CDDB?
>CDDB is a Disc Recognition Service (DRS) with a database of CD text
>information, used for CD recognition purposes. So, when you put a
>music CD in you computer's CD-ROM drive, your CDDB-enabled player will
>access our servers to identify the CD and download this information.
>This information is not on the CD itself -- there is no disc title,
>artist, track title or other information that a player running on your
>computer can extract and display for you. That's why we created the
>database. Now you won't have to type this information in.
>In addition, the new CDDB2 enhancement to the CDDB Service provides
>extended information such as album and track-by-track credits, genres,
>web-links, segments (subsections or supersections of tracks), as well
>as wider language support using Unicode support for most world
>character sets. (For more information see What is CDDB2?)
>The information in CDDB is user-augmented through the submissions that
>come through CDDB-submit-enabled players.
>Please note that CDDB is not a music seller. Although the CDDB web
>site will let you search the database to discover and identify lots of
>great music, there are no actual songs to listen to, to download, or
>to buy.
>2.Do you own all the discs in the database?
>Certainly not! Though we maintain the database, most of the entries
>have been added by the thousands of users who use CDDB every day.
>3.Does CDDB include album art or other images in the database?
>At this time CDDB does not maintain image information in the database.
>Using CDDB2
>1.What is CDDB2?
>CDDB2 is the next generation of the CDDB database and disc recognition
>service. The new service offers significantly extended information for
>each CD title in the database. Examples include searchable credits for
>production, songwriting, and musicians (including instruments) at both
>disc and track-by-track level; over 250 genres; related URLs and
>associated content; and segments (portions of music that can be
>smaller or larger than a single track). The new service also offers
>support for international (non-ASCII) character sets and tags for
>language and geographical region.
>Once you have downloaded a CDDB2-enabled application and registered
>with CDDB, you don't have to do anything to use CDDB. Your
>CDDB2-enabled application automatically uses the CDDB2 Disc
>Recognition Service (DRS) from CDDB, Inc. to get the artist, title,
>track, credit, and other information about the CDs you play.
>2.How do I register with CDDB?
>To register, just run your CDDB2-enabled application and insert a CD
>in your computer. If this is the first time you have accessed CDDB2,
>the CDDB Registration Wizard appears automatically. Follow the screens
>for a "New Registration" to select a "nickname" and password. The
>remaining information is optional, but does help CDDB provide better
>Once you have registered, you should never have to register again,
>unless you want to use CDDB from a different computer, in which case
>you only need to type in your "nickname" and password again.
>For more information about CDDB's privacy policy with respect to the
>information you provide during registration, please visit our CDDB2
>Privacy Page.
>3.Can I update or delete my registration information?
>At any time, you can update your registration information, change your
>privacy settings, or delete any registration information you have
>established for your Nickname. Consult the Help file or documentation
>for your CDDB-enabled application to see how to bring up the CDDB
>Registration Wizard. To change your registration information or
>settings, enter your Nickname and Password and change the desired
>settings. When you complete the re-registration process, this
>information will replace any registration information stored by the
>CDDB server.
>4.How do I see credits, web-links, and other extended disc
>Every CDDB-enabled application provides different features for viewing
>the information such as artist, title, and track titles, as well as
>"extended CDDB2" information such as credits (songwriter, composer,
>musicians, etc.) for the disc or for individual tracks; segments
>(subsections or tracks or groups of tracks); web sites associated with
>the disc (such as artist or fan sites); or other information. In
>addition to the features provided by your CDDB-enabled application,
>consult the Help file or documentation for the application for a way
>to display the default CDDB window for displaying the complete CDDB2
>information for each disc. Note: In many cases, this "extended CDDB2"
>information may be missing or incomplete. If so, see next.
>5.What do I do if the information has a typo or is incomplete?
>You can fix it! Not only does this immediately fix the copy of the
>disc information you see on your computer, but this also submits the
>correction to the CDDB database for others to see. This is how the
>over 610,000 discs in the database were entered and corrected-by the
>thousands of fans like you every day who access the CDDB service. If
>you see basic information like artist, title and track titles, but no
>credits or other extended CDDB2 information, the reason is probably
>that no fan has entered it yet.
>To edit or add to the information you see for a disc, consult the Help
>file or documentation for the CDDB-enabled application you are using.
>Every CDDB-enabled application either provides an interface for
>editing disc information, or displays the default CDDB interface for
>Note: although your change will appear immediately in the information
>you see on your computer, there may be a delay before your submission
>shows up in the CDDB database. CDDB uses various filtering procedures
>to help ensure the accuracy of submissions.
>6.CDDB doesn't find my CD. Can I add it?
>In short, please do! If CDDB doesn't find a CD, this is probably
>because no fan has entered it yet. All 610,000 discs in the CDDB
>database were entered by fans like you.
>Whenever you insert a CD in your computer and CDDB cannot find an
>exact match, the service then tries to find one that is very close
>(the same number of tracks of approximately the same lengths). If it
>finds one or more close matches, it will ask you whether you recognize
>the CD you are looking for. If not, use your CDDB2 player to submit
>the new CD.
>Every CDDB2-enabled application either provides an interface for
>entering new discs, or displays the default CDDB interface for new
>disc entry. (If you can't find out how, check the Help file or
>documentation for the player you are using.)
>Note: although your CD will appear immediately in the information you
>see on your computer, there may be a delay before your submission
>shows up in the CDDB database. (For more information, see How long
>does it take for my submissions to make it into the database? in the
>Submissions FAQ)
>Introduction. Gracenote believes in protecting consumer privacy. We
>have spent a great deal of time and effort designing the
>Gracenote/CDDB2 Disc Recognition Service ("CDDB2 Service") that you
>can use with trust and confidence. The purpose of this privacy
>statement is to let you know how we use information that you may share
>with us.
>Please note that this is our privacy policy for our Gracenote/CDDB2
>Service. We have separate privacy policies for the Gracenote Web Site,
>and the Gracenote/CDDB1 Service. These are accessible from the Main
>Privacy Page.
>Gracenote/CDDB2 introduces many new exciting features requested by
>both developers and end users like you that allow personalization of
>the information delivered to you, while allowing you to remain
>anonymous, letting you control your level of participation and the
>information you provide, and adding security features to protect your
>Registration and Requested Information. When you register with the
>Gracenote/CDDB2 Service, we ask you for general information about
>yourself, such as zip or country code, email address, sex, and age
>range, that will be helpful in gathering aggregate statistics, and for
>delivering personalized content. For example, if you supply a zip
>code, we may use it to collect aggregate statistics about what music
>fans are playing in your part of the country, or to provide
>personalized tour information based on the city in which you live, but
>neither Gracenote/CDDB nor anyone will use your zip code to try to
>send you mail at home or identify you personally. All information
>requested is optional, except for a "nickname" you choose, and a
>password to give you exclusive access to change or delete your
>information at any time.
>Identifying Information. The Gracenote/CDDB2 Service uses a unique
>identifier to track queries for statistical purposes (see Data
>Aggregation below) and to allow personalization features (see
>Personalized Content below). This is a number that Gracenote/CDDB
>assigns to you at random when you register. (A numeric identifier is
>sometimes called a Globally Unique Identifier, or GUID. However, there
>are many different uses of GUIDs, some benign and some controversial,
>in the industry.) Gracenote/CDDB does not generate this number from
>any hardware identifier (such as an IP address) or any other
>information that can be traced back to you or the computer you are
>using. The purpose of a randomly assigned numeric identifier is to
>allow the Gracenote/CDDB to count queries without knowing anything
>about who you are other than the information you choose to provide
>when you register, and which you can delete at any time.
>Disclosure of Personal Information. We do not disclose your individual
>information to any other company. You should be aware, however, that
>it is possible that we might be required to make disclosure, for
>example in response to court orders or in governmental investigations.
>Use of Email Address. There are two reasons we might use an email
>address you provide during registration: administration, and our
>mailing list. Administrative email includes such things as emailing
>you a password hint if you forget your registration password, or
>diagnosing a problem if you submit a change to the data for a CD. In
>addition, with your permission we may occasionally use your email
>address to send you special offers and promotions. During
>registration, or at any time afterward, you can choose not to be on
>our mailing list, either by turning this feature off in your
>registration options, or by following a simple reply instruction in
>any email we send.
>Customized Content. When you look up an album, the Gracenote/CDDB2
>Service uses information about the album to customize the content,
>advertisements, and other promotions displayed in applications that
>use the Gracenote/CDDB2 Service. Gracenote/CDDB does this without
>referring to any personal information.
>Personalized Content. Our technology can do personalized "targeting"
>of content, advertisements, and other promotions without disclosing
>any of your personal information to anyone outside Gracenote/CDDB.
>With your permission we may use information you have provided to us,
>such as registration information or other albums you have looked up,
>to personalize the content you see or hear. During registration, or at
>any time afterward, you can choose to turn off this personalized
>Removal of Personal Data. You can always change your mind about the
>information you choose to provide and the personalization options you
>select. By bringing up the "Gracenote Registration" command from any
>Gracenote/CDDB2-enabled application, you can update or clear the
>registration information, including any email address, you have
>Data Aggregation. Gracenote collects aggregate statistics on which
>music and artists are most commonly identified by users with the
>Gracenote/CDDB2 Service. ("Aggregate statistics" means "group
>statistics" such as the Gracenote/CDDB Top Ten, not individual
>statistics about your personal use of the service.) Besides posting
>these statistics for you and other fans to enjoy, Gracenote/CDDB may
>publish or share this aggregate information with other companies. This
>aggregate data, by its nature, will not reveal the identity of our
>users. We also use aggregate data to help us improve our servers and
>other components of the Gracenote/CDDB2 Service.
>Policy Changes. If we decide to make changes in our policies regarding
>consumer privacy, we will post them at this location on the Gracenote
>web site, If you have questions or comments about
>our policy, please email us at
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