Have you ever heard of Jaxsta?

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Hello,
Just run this afternoon on an article from last 15th of march, it’s about a deal between Jaxsta and Warner Music Group and how this will work. I let you read it if your are interested, but that Jaxsta description as “a massive database of official music credits” who mostly intrigued me. A short video also explain more about.
For the moment I didn’t find any concrete information bu according to the Facebook about section, a Jaxsta Music Database API is planned and probably soon as “the Jaxsta platform will launch in the first half of 2019”.

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@Fabe56, Thanks for this post, it is indeed intriguing.

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Looks like a duplicate of MusicBrainz, really. :thinking:
I like how the comments are disabled on their videos. :wink:

BTW, that article also links to a DDEX video, that seems interesting (despite them trying to be funny with their very lousy jokes making far‐fetched parallel between metadata and sex — I wonder if they purposely included Herbie Han(cock) in the video for that matter)!

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Jaxsta Beta is now live, here the announcement release today:

I’ll go explore that now.

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Impressive while browsing top major artists¹. Much less so when I tried to check out some lesser known ones². At this point I’d say their database is largely empty.

²⁾ One of my first searches and already a duplicate entity ;D
https://jaxsta.com/profile/3bb2febf-572d-4064-8c53-c2fb4c8ae6a0/catalogue
https://jaxsta.com/profile/aa781ea7-35a8-4f11-96fe-e061341efb20/catalogue

Compare how much more we (or discogs, or rym) got on him: https://musicbrainz.org/artist/a64a323b-4df9-48b5-a277-4cfc3f30a34f

¹⁾ On the other hand, for things existing in their db, the crediting info is invaluable. For example, a fairly popular and well-received 2019 album by Julia Jacklin:
https://jaxsta.com/release/bd3aad5a-97db-4db6-b4ba-d5d4cdf48e13/834a421f-eab9-498c-8e41-e38e142c1511/overview
vs
https://musicbrainz.org/release-group/09a69267-c46e-4d68-8381-27517bf3288a

Hopefully their API will be part of the public release and not behind the pro paywall.

PS
I mostly stayed away from all the discussions about ‘digital releases’ treatment in MB database, but one skim through Jaxsta shows what kind of a disambiguation hell it can be:
https://jaxsta.com/release/b068e673-475f-43b1-b853-3d3fc76b5d0b/8e8e6c27-6db1-40b5-bab5-81373a218014/variants
vs the number of editions on MB:
https://musicbrainz.org/release-group/69eb9696-35c8-4463-aff5-952526213ce8

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They have managed to find credits for a West African release or two by the T.P. OK Jazz Band and Orchestra Poly Rhythmo. While missing … well I’ll guess at well over 300 recordings in total.

And Soviet era conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky seems to have had an accident with a StarTrek matter transporter, been split into >9 artists, but been credited with <100 recordings. Not much to show for a lifetimes work that was used to demonstrate the cultural superiority of Soviet Communist classical music over decadent capitalist counter-revolutionary bourgeois classical music.

:lying_face:
I ran the following through the Google Translator setting it to translate from “Marketing Spin” to “Reality”;
access to the credits of more than 80% of global music releases

There must be some glitch because it was translated back as
access to some performer credits for more than 80% of very recent top 40 digital music releases that are worth listening to because they are the best of the web
/ :lying_face:

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For the moment, API page don’t provide a lot of information but the first sentence leaves a big innuendo: “The Jaxsta Commercial API is being developed to offer bespoke web-services based versions of the data in the Jaxsta database - an invaluable tool companies can use to enhance their existing content”.

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I am thinking:
How might MB be able to position itself as a low cost competitor of Jx in the eyes of companies who want what they think Jx offers?

I think we’re already in a decent position:
https://metabrainz.org/supporters

There’s the caveat that Jaxsta seems to claim correctness (which is important for royalty payments!) while MetaBrainz specifically says that our data may be inaccurate:

  1. No warranty or liability for errors : There is no warranty for the content of the MetaBrainz databases or the software. It is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind for correctness or completeness.
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Well, https://jaxsta.com/info/terms-and-conditions 3.3 Suspension, availability and accuracy seems to forget accuracy… but 4. Liability indicates:

Without limiting any other provisions of these T&Cs, we and our licensors will not in any way be liable to you for any kind of loss or damage incurred as a result of your use of the Service including, without limitation, any viruses or other malicious software that may affect you while using the Service or for any faults, failures or interruptions or for the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, security or reliability of any communications (including any transactions) made using the Service.

So the claim for correctness is no better than ours. We all know 100% correctness is out of reach in this field.

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Cool to have another site to crib notes from!
Not sure how our MB’s UI design is going, but check out that great filter:

This may be more of a direct competitor to Discogs, since MB’s user and contributor base is already pretty niche.

I wonder what their ‘hook’ is. Discogs has its marketplace, MB has its plug-in-ability - maybe Jaxsta will just make enough $ to pay people to enter data.

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