Originally following the model of CDDB
, which was designed to handle pop/rock music in a now-typical artist/release/title structure, MusicBrainz has developed various iterations for handling classical music, though for the time being still shoehorns classical music into that structure.
Using sophisticated disc recognition technology over a normal 800-phone line, Tune Base 100 automatically recognizes the music in your CD changer using CDDB
, the world's largest on-line CD catalog of nearly 400,000 titles and four million songs.
When home electronics company Escient acquired the internet music database company CDDB
LLC in August 1998, it probably didn't realize what it was getting itself into.
The electronic files themselves are identified using diverse methods, and again there is little consistency: libraries assign 'names based on the local call number, bibliographic control number, barcode number, CDDB
number, or some combination of course name, number, and instructor name.