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    Use CDDB? I'll pass Thanks...

    They know what we are listening to

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6969653

    Database company provides song titles
    and quietly tracks digital music listener habitsBy Bob Sullivan
    Technology correspondent
    MSNBC


    If you are one of the 10 million people who have purchased an Apple iPod, you've almost certainly loaded it up with songs from your favorite CDs. And, rest assured, Gracenote Inc. knows about it.

    Gracenote Inc. knows almost any time a CD is "ripped" for use in a portable music player. Apple, Creative and Rio use its service, as do hundreds of software products devoted to playing and recording music CDs. Yet, few consumers know much about Gracenote.

    The company quietly provides an efficient and important service to digital music users. There's a common misconception that text-based information like song title, length of play, artist name, and the like, is contained on music CDs. That's rarely the case. Instead, when a CD is loaded into a computer CD tray, software such as Apple's iTunes automatically calls out across the Internet looking for help identifying the music. The questions are posed to Gracenote's CDDB, or CD database. By recognizing patterns in the data that is included on the CD -- such as the length of each individual track -- Gracenote figures out what the album is. Then, it transmits data, including music genre, composer name, language, year released, and more, back to the user's computer.

    Today Gracenote can recognize about 3.5 million CDs. And it works so well, most music lovers don't even know it's there.


    Quit a long but interesting story. A good read tho...

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    Oh no... Gracenote Inc, knows you love listening to Barry Manelow

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    and Boys 2 Men...

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    hey, Manilla Vanilla here...

    Oh Noses! What will we do :P

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    I sure am glad you're back Stripe...

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