Does the archive of CD stubs include any CD Baby IDs?

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I found a CD stub that might match a certain MB release, but the album is no longer on CD Baby. Does MB store the CD Baby URL, album ID, or artist ID with the stubs so I can look up the old URL in the Wayback Machine?

A stub is just text (like FreeDB), and even if it had attached metadata, how could a CD TOC give any clue about CD Baby URL?
A CD stub comes from a physical CD (through Picard I guess?), not from a website. :slight_smile:

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Process

The CD stub process is quite simple.

When a disc lookup is performed in MusicBrainz Picard (or any other tagger that supports MusicBrainz CD stubs) by someone that doesn’t have a MusicBrainz account, and there is no match for the disc ID, the user is prompted to either enter the CD as a CD stub (with the option of importing data from FreeDB), or to create a MusicBrainz account and add it to the main database directly. Either way, the user will be able to retrieve the data and tag their files with it right away. CD stubs are not intended to replace the regular add release process, if a user has a MusicBrainz account the expectation is that they add a release to the database.

https://musicbrainz.org/doc/CD_Stub

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A stub is just text (like FreeDB), and even if it had attached metadata, how could a CD TOC give any clue about CD Baby URL?

MB once imported (digitally) a huge number of stubs from CD Baby. The stubs I am asking about were part of that import. My hope is that when MB devs stored the stubs, they also stored each album’s original identifier somewhere.

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The identifier is CD Baby id:

https://musicbrainz.org/cdstub/KbIrJS.rpLJXt8mhdi3jADaF5i4-

You can search for those (currently 189,265 results)
Happy importing :slight_smile:

Blog posts about CD Baby import:

User scripts for manual import:

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You can browse the CD Stubs. I don’t see evidence of an “album identifier” , but I do see a “CD Baby id”. For example: https://musicbrainz.org/cdstub/NV68QSEqjHD6Zbgkoj1MRHIO7Mw- has the CD Baby id: “quinzy”. That looks like it identifies an artist rather than a release, however. (I can’t easily check on CD Baby right now.)

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Thanks, @chaban! Are there any known cases of imported CD Baby stubs that do not have this comment?

This stub doesn’t have the CD Baby comment or a barcode. Without timestamps, I can’t be certain whether or not this was part of the June 2009 import, but it was imported at about the same time, and the CD retailed on CD Baby for several years before the import script ran.

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