Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] recognition of CD/DVD's w/ cover art

On Thu, Aug 04, 2005 at 12:30:49AM +0100, Bastien Nocera wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-08-03 at 14:41 -0700, Forrest L Norvell wrote:
> <snip>
> > proprietary data source. Does anyone know if you're violating any
> > of their Terms of Service for using their data for our own
> > applications?  I know that some shareware applications for the Mac
> > (to add album art to iTunes) have dropped support for auto-finding
> > images from Amazon over legal concerns.
> That was because the application wasn't generating enough sales,
> compared to the traffic the key associated to it generated. This is
> in the T&C for the API.

OK. I found the license for Amazon Web Services
(, but I quickly realized I don't have time
to thoroughly read it. But thanks for clearing that up, as it's
something that's been puzzling me for quite some time. Will Rhythmbox
have to get a key to use against AWS?

> > I would guess that what Plutohome is using is IMDB data, as they've
> > got pretty clean and complete data and, like Amazon, a well-defined
> > Web API for getting at it. I don't know what they use for CDs, but if
> IMDB can't do CDs

Yes, that's what I meant by "I don't know what [plutohome] user for
CDs". Sorry for not being clearer.

> and is a subsidiary of Amazon (as the "an Amazon company" at the
> bottom of every page will tell you). Ss far as I know, it doesn't
> have an API either (I use screenscraping for my own movie page).

That's more or less what I meant by the API: there's a straightforward
way to map a movie name to a URL and query Amazon for it, and the
results have a consistent structure. I guess it says something about
me that I consider that a solid API, but I do.

But anyway, my main point stands: in the absence of a truly reliable
service providing cover images, it's very useful for any applications
that automatically find cover art to allow the user to choose between
the available alternatives.


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