Amazon launches Soundunwound, wiki-like music data site

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11 Responses to “Amazon launches Soundunwound, wiki-like music data site”

  1. deckard68 says:

    Update: Ok I spoke too soon about SoundUnwound not compressing user-uploaded cover art. A 186 KB cover I upped is now 103 KB on SoundUnwound. However, I am pleased to report that they kept the dimensions a device-friendly 600 x 600, and all in all it still looks good.

    Lesson is: upload to SoundUnwound with no compression to speak of (very best quality JPG), at a reasonable size (600 pixels x 600 pixels) and let SoundUnwound apply whatever compression they want so there will be only one level of JPG squiggles.

  2. texasroute66 says:

    Wouldn’t it be better to call it “SoundHeal” rather than “SoundUnwound”? Oh, I get it! They think that “sound” always rhymes with “wound”. I love heteronyms!

  3. arkizzle says:

    Anonymous @ 5

    Discogs Marketplace also charges a fee to sellers.

  4. thatmikeykid says:

    It’s last.fm without the fun stuff.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Discogs has been doing this for ages but the focus is to catalog all releases. You can track entire artists careers (ie all the bands they have been in or records they performed on), labels, etc. And you can buy and sell without FeeBay.

  6. Jason Pitzl-Waters says:

    Goths, Shoegazers, and Emo kids? I would think the real problems would come from Pitchfork-reading hipsters who write a glowing Fleet Foxes entry in 2008 only to try to remove in 2009 when pastoral folk-inflected indie rock is SO OUT.

  7. Jeff says:

    Fleet Foxes! I just bought their stuff yesterday. I really like a few of the tracks. And thanks for the heads up, I’ll mark that site as toxic.

  8. darren_m says:

    Deckard68, an editor? Seriously? Probably more like a programmer with a few minutes of free time.
    Texasroute66: wound <== wind. You confuse me.

    This all seems like AllMusic meets Wikipedia but not as good as either.

  9. darren_m says:

    Meh, my formatting got swallowed. I meant wound comes from wind here, has nothing to do with injuries. What are you talking about?

  10. Enochrewt says:

    What I want to know is will this site somehow create opportunities for more accurate auto-tagging of mp3s? It’s my music mission in life.

  11. deckard68 says:

    This is awesome — or it could be, if Amazon starts using SoundUnwound as a source for better quality cover art scans than the crappy little images that Gracenote usually provides them with. Granted, Amazon has long had the ability for users to upload better scans — but Amazon then compresses the uploads and resizes them, causing degradation. Plus, some of the users’ skills at using a scanner have been questionable.

    SoundUnwound in contrast appears to have an editor reviewing submissions, and will make sensible decisions about when someone has in fact trumped Gracenote with a superior, better quality, higher-resolution (600 x 600 is what iTunes needs) scan. Based on my limited experience with SoundUnwound today so far, it appears that SoundUnwound does not compress or resize the cover art that users upload. Well done, Amazon!

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