CD Databases

We’re often asked, “When my customers put my CD in their player, will my album title and track names show up?” The short answer is: “It depends on what kind of player they’re using and on what steps you’ve taken before they put it in the player.”

If they’re putting your CD into an Internet-enabled device (such as their computer), the computer is accessing an online database (either Gracenote or AllMusic) with information that matches your CD. It’s not actually taking the song info from the physical CD itself.

If they’re putting your CD into a standalone player, it’s another thing altogether. You want your songs encoded with CD-text during the mastering stage (before you get the CDs manufactured) and the player would need to support CD-text (not all standalone players do). Don’t panic: including CD-text is not an industry wide standard practice in CD manufacturing and is not universally supported even by big record labels.

I haven’t manufactured my CD yet, can you guys make it show text on standalone players?
Even if your mastering engineer didn’t encode your master with CD-text, if your CD is not yet in production we can add it for you - speak with your Project Manager or Client Advisor for details and pricing.

I want my album information to show up when people use internet-connected computers to play my music!
If you want your album, track, and artist information to show up when people use internet-connected devices to play your music, there are two big databases that you need to be on. The good news is if you are ordering 300 or more discs, Oasis takes care of the big one for you: Gracenote (used by iTunes, WinAmp, and dozens of others). You can take care of the other database, AllMusic (used by Windows Media Player), in less than 5 minutes:

Take one retail-ready CD, put it in a mailer, and send it to:
Product Submissions
All Media Guide
1168 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Allmusic takes care of the rest, and your information is live in 4-6 weeks!

Ordering less than 300 discs? Complete the same step above for AllMusic, and here are your steps to complete Gracenote registration:

1. Open iTunes (available as a free download at apple.com).
2. Insert your CD and wait for iTunes to recognize that a CD is present.
3. Type in the Artist, Title, and Track information for your CD.
4. Check for typos, because your information will be uploaded as you typed it.
5. Click the Options tab, then click Submit CD Track Names.
6. Wait and see. In 24-48 hours, your submission will go live at Gracenote!

I want more information!
Check out these links:

CD Text:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD_Text
http://web.ncf.ca/aa571/cdtext.htm

Gracenote CDDB:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracenote
http://www.gracenote.com/

AllMusicGuide database:
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=32:amg/info_pages/a_product_submissions.html