Originally Posted by rk911
what is GraceNotes?
Gracenote is basically music identification and enhancement.
Here it is explained technically:
Gracenote, Inc., formerly called CDDB (Compact Disc Data Base), is a company that provides advanced media identification, management, discovery and enrichment solutions. It maintains and licenses a Global Media Database of music and video metadata from more than 200 countries and territories and supporting more than 80 languages. Gracenote provides its media management technology and global media database of digital entertainment information to the mobile, automobile, portable, home, and PC markets. Several computer software applications that are capable of playing CDs, such as Winamp, Media Go, and iTunes, use Gracenote's CDDB technology. It also offers a Content Partner Program for content owners who wish to upload data about their video and music content on Powered By Gracenote web platforms, consumer electronics, automobiles and mobile devices. Gracenote’s database was originally created from and continues to receive voluntary contributions from users.
In addition to its CD track-identification system, Gracenote operates a digital file identification service which allows digital music files (such as MP3s) and DVDs to be identified, and media management products for the generation of playlists, and exploration and recommendation of music and video.
In April 2007, Gracenote became the first company in the digital media industry to deploy an authorized Lyrics service. Through agreements covering 10,000 music publishers including all the majors, as well as dozens of prominent independents, Gracenote offers access to licensed lyrics for hundreds of thousands of lyrics. Gracenote provides lyrics to major brands including Google, Yahoo!, MTV and MetroLyrics.
Gracenote is also the only licensee of Cover Art from major labels, and maintains the world’s largest repository of Cover Art and artist and contributor images.
On April 22, 2008, Sony announced that it would acquire Gracenote for US$260 million. The acquisition was completed on June 2, 2008.