Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] MusicBrainz for Album Covers, was: Local file support for Album Covers

Oops, looks like MusicBrainz (or parts of) are non-free; whereas FreeDB is well, free... ;-)

Quoting "Gerald B. Cox" <gbcox bzb us>:

I use GRIP which still utilizes FreeDB for tagging.  I'm not familiar with
MusicBrainz, but the concern would be for providing compatibility with
files which are
tagged using FreeDB or another method.  Providing local file support
of course definitely
helps to mitigate that concern.  I have seen postings regarding GRIP
and providing the
capability to use MusicBrainz, but nothing about whether this is
actually being worked.

Quoting Andrew Conkling <andrew conkling gmail com>:

On 1/23/07, Peter <rhythmbox-devel maubp freeserve co uk> wrote:
This sounds like a very interesting addition to RB's album art plugin...

Andrew Conkling wrote:
> Any plans to pull this from MusicBrainz when the tracks are already
> tagged as such?

When you say "suitably tagged" do you know what tags Banshee uses to
determine the album cover?  I would guess the MusicBrainz DiscID should
be used:

Do you have some suitably tagged example files (even silent dummy tracks
would be great for testing)?

I don't know offhand, but I have plenty of files (all tagged with
MBz's Picard). Let me know how and I'd be happy to supply the tags

According to these blog posts, the MusicBrainz covers come from Amazon
anyway - but using MusicBrainz's cover mapping would probably be better
than a simple Amazon search:

Oh, absolutely; I listen to mostly classical which doesn't search well
on Amazon, but even still I've had Björk tracks (just to name someone
who I'm assuming is sufficiently popular) with incorrect cover art.

I guess we could use the MusicBrainz XMLWebService to get the release
information - in particular the Amazon ASIN (which we then use to get
the correct cover from Amazon):

 > After noticing that Banshee pulled the right cover all
> the time when it was set on MBz, I was disappointed to find that
> Rhythmbox was doing its own (often incorrect) search.

Looking here, at the Banshee Album-Art plugin, I can see no mention of

That's a random third-party plugin, but not one that I use.

Could you give some more information about how album cover art works in
Banshee with MusicBrainz?

I'm not exactly sure; even with all the Banshee plugins off, it still
retrieved the cover art (which is not saved locally, by the way).
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