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FreeDB / CDDB shutdown, alternatives, setting up your own mirror?

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A couple of days ago, Freedb shut down:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedb

Furthermore, the musicbrainz gateway using the CDDB protocol, has also shut down:


https://wiki.musicbrainz.org/History:FreeDB_Gateway


Ripping software using the CDDB protocol, no longer has any public internet services to retrieve the metadata from:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21902652
https://developers.slashdot.org/story/20/03/02/2245216/freedborg-is-shutting-down


Probably there are still some working (private?) cddb URL's out these, do you know of any?

On some forum, I saw
freedb.dbpoweramp.com but that one is also no longer working, or maybe only with the user agent from dbpoweramp.

In the end I would just setup my own mirror, but the files to do so, are also gone:

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The first link leads back to the company which aquired Freedb and shut it down on the 13th of June.

 

Does anyone know any still working CDDB mirrors?

Where do I find
the database file freedb-complete-20200601.tar.bz2 ?

The server side software can still be found:
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-315385-start-0.html
https://osdn.net/projects/sfnet_freedb/downloads/cddbd_src/1.5.2/cddbd-1.5.2.tar.gz/
 

but it's probably very old and insecure.

Another solution is to switch to a ripper which uses the more modern MusicBrainz API.

   


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Discoverer of the independent open source sox based mqa playback method with optional one cycle postringing.

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Foobar seems to switch to the dbpoweramp mirror:

https://www.foobar2000.org/changelog
 

foobar2000 1.5.4 Beta changelog:

  • Pointed freedb metadata lookup at freedb.dbpoweramp.com, since original freedb is being shut down.


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We found a bug in a library after doing some packet traces and comparing the network traffic between foobar's freedb implementation and what an open source library was doing. It made a serious violation of current web standards.

Coming from a network engineering background, we fixed the library quickly and we will contact upstream channels to give the fix back to the open source community. It is already working in our lab.


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freedb database and server files are on the Wayback Machine:

 

https://archive.org/download/freedb

 

The database file here is apparently from December 2019. 

 

You can also find a copy of the June 2020 database file you mentioned, on the Wayback Machine here:

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20200606020809/http://ftp.freedb.org/pub/freedb/freedb-complete-20200601.tar.bz2

 

You can get an April 2020 version of the database here:

 

https://www.cocktailaudio.com/home/sub04_04.php

 

Note that this version of the April database is in an SQLite .db form. Which maybe is convenient for some. 

 

 

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