The Echo Nest and Discogs Deliver Crowdsourced Music Data to Apps

May 22, 2012

SOMERVILLE, MA — PORTLAND, Oregon - May 22, 2012 - The Echo Nest, a music intelligence platform powering smarter apps across the web and devices, has incorporated Discogs into its Rosetta Stone platform, a universal music data translator that facilitates "big data" integration into apps on all platforms.

As part of the deal, Discogs' rich database of user-generated music information -- one of the largest sources of music information in the world, especially for electronic and vinyl releases -- is seamlessly incorporated into The Echo Nest's Rosetta Stone. This allows developers to access all of that data at a deep level, safe in the knowledge that they're matching the appropriate artists on Twitter, Facebook, or Spotify (more partners listed below) to Discogs' extensive information on music releases.

The Echo Nest's Rosetta Stone also hooks into Discogs' marketplace, where music fans buy and sell music on any physical format. With Discogs' artists mapped into Rosetta Stone, app developers can include in their apps not only Discogs' information on millions of releases in 17 languages, but releases offered for sale in the marketplace.

Developers can now access release dates, artist credits, label, album covers, marketplace inventory, and more, for any artist on Discogs, and match that to the artists on any or every other Rosetta Stone platform, offering potential for never-before-seen music apps.

In addition to new partner Discogs, The Echo Nest's Rosetta Stone includes 7Digital, EMI, Facebook, Free Music Archive, JamBase, LyricFind, Musicbrainz, MusixMatch, Playme, Rdio, Seatwave, Songkick, SongMeanings, Spotify, and Twitter.

About The Echo Nest
The Echo Nest powers smarter music applications for leading media companies and thousands of independent developers, with a customer base that reaches over 150 million music fans every month. Over 340 applications have been built on The Echo Nest platform. With the world's only machine learning system that actively reads about and listens to music everywhere on the web, The Echo Nest opens up the largest repository of dynamic music data in the world – over 5 billion data points on over 30 million songs -- to help developers re-shape the experience of playing -- and playing with -- music. A four-time National Science Foundation grantee, the Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT PhDs. Investors include Matrix Partners, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, and three co-founders of MIT Media Lab.

About Discogs
Discogs is the world's largest community-built database of music information, providing detailed discographies on more than 2 million artists and 430 thousand record labels. More than 5 million music fans use Discogs every month – contributing to the database, cataloging their collections and wantlists, rating and reviewing releases, and buying and selling music in the Discogs Marketplace. Discogs was launched in October 2000 and is headquartered in Portland, OR.