FreeDB will be shut down?

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There is now an Urgent notice on freedb.org, saying:

freedb.org and its services will be shut down on March 31st of 2020.

And I have been unable to use their search at all for the last few days or week.

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Is there anything left in FreeDB that’s worth saving? To be honest I’m not that sad to see it go.

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I often use it to add track times, including when checking ongoing recording merges.

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I used to do something like this; when I would add an older, semi-obscure Japanese CD, I would often use the FreeDB Import feature to easily grab track times. I was devastated when we removed that feature; track times for CDs that old are not easy to come by.

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Yes, our own FreeDB release search was really advanced and powerful.
Since this loss, I’ve been using their not so good FreeDB search, it was quite very much more difficult to find stuff, but it was better than nothing. :slight_smile:

Is there any possibility of downloading and archiving the data?

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I asked Jason Scott, who has archived some MusicBrainz dumps before:

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Looks like both the server code and database dumps are at http://ftp.freedb.org/pub/freedb/

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For very old releases in MBz which were originally imported from freedb, there was often additional information there, for example about the performers and the label, which never made it across. I sometimes found it useful.

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https://musicbrainz.org/edit/59872926

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I sometimes use http://db.cuetools.net/ as a replacement.

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It looks cool. How do you search it?

It is only possible to search manually for artists via URL:
http://db.cuetools.net/?artist=ACDC

The database is mainly intended to be used with CUEripper or EAC (CTDB plugin), but it offers partial FreeDB, Discogs and MusicBrainz integration.

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