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by Rob Friesel

Neat article on Wired about Gracenote. My favorite part:

‘If every user of an iPod had to take their CD collection and hand-type everything in, how many iPods would really get sold?’ said Gracenote CEO Craig Palmer. ‘If they couldn’t do that, then how big would this market actually be?’

While I must admit that I would hate to have to punch in my meta-data for every CD every single time, I think Mr. Palmer is:

  1. …too optimistic about the quality of this service. More often than not, users need to correct their meta-data. And I’m not talking about tweaks to the “genre” either.
  2. …forgetting how much people like to tweak their meta-data. Some of us love the fact that Gracenote’s CDDB plus so much of this in but we will gladly spend hours fixing stuff up to be “just so”…

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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