CD Niftyness

Jeff gave me a copy of _Little by Little_, the new “Harvey Danger”: CD today. I’ve been listening to a copy of the master for the past few weeks and really liking it, but it’s cool to see the finished product. The design and “artwork”: look great. It definitely has fetish value as a physical object in a way almost none of the other CDs I own do. Some of the LPs in my record collection, on the other hand…

I took the opportunity, now that I have the album and bonus CD, to enter track information into CDDB and freeDB. The general public won’t be able to get their hands on the album until September 13th, but this way people getting the hundreds of review copies being sent out won’t have to enter track info when they rip things for their iPod (or similar device). At least I hope they won’t have to. I don’t know how long it takes submissions to show up.

I also used “MusicBrainz”: to take audio fingerprints and submit them to their database. I really like the idea of MusicBrainz, which uses the content of a track to identify the music, rather than the lenghts of the tracks on a disk. Unfortunately, it seems to do a kind of random job. “Cream and Bastards Rise” which I think may be the first single has the same fingerprint as something like a dozen other songs by various artists.

It’s too bad, too, because something like Musicbrainz, if it worked could solve the problem of “Paranoia by Green Day”: which is really “Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger”:, which is probably the result of a few people mistagging an untagged MP3 of Flagpole Sitta they got off of Napster and then spreading it around again by P2P.

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