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The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. AMG was founded in 1991 by popular-culture archivist Michael Erlewine and mathematician Vladimir Bogdanov, Ph.D., as a guide for consumers. Its first reference book was published the next year. AMG predates the World Wide Web and was first available as a Gopher site. The simplest definition of metadata is that it is data about data - more specifically information (data) about a particular content (data). ... All Media Guide (commonly known as AMG), is the company which owns and maintains All Music Guide, All Game Guide and All Movie Guide. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Michael Erlewine (born July 18, 1941 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) founded the All Music Guide in 1991. ... WWWs historical logo designed by Robert Cailliau The World Wide Web is a system of interlinked, hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. ... Gopher is a distributed document search and retrieval network protocol designed for the Internet. ...



AMG content is created by professional data entry staff, editors, and writers. The network of writers includes over 900 music critics who review albums and songs and write artist biographies. Reviewers include Ned Raggett, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, William Ruhlmann, Richie Unterberger, Opal Louis Nations, John Storm Roberts, Eugene Chadbourne, Jo-Anne Greene, John Bush, Scott Yanow, Jason Ankeny, Thom Jurek, Andy Kellman, Ken Dryden and Greg Prato [1]. Ned Raggett is a music critic whose work has appeared prominently in All Music Guide, where he is responsible for writing a large portion of the reviews of independent music of the 1980s and early 1990s. ... Stephen Thomas Erlewine is a music journalist and the Senior Editor for All Music Guide. ... Richie Unterberger (b 1962) is an American writer, particularly on rock and other popular music. ... Eugene Chadbourne (January 4, 1954 in Mount Vernon, NY) is a USA composer, improvisor, guitarist and banjoist. ... Scott Yanow is a jazz commentator who has written for many magazines and websites including: Allmusic, JAZZIZ, CODA and The LA Jazz Scene. ... Kenneth Wayne Ken Dryden, PC, MP, BA, LL.B (born August 8, 1947) is a Canadian politician, lawyer, businessman, author and retired National Hockey League goaltender. ...

AMG's database is licensed and used in point-of-sale systems by some music retailers. The database consists of:

  • Basic Metadata: names, genres, credits, copyright info, product numbers, etc.
  • Descriptive Content: styles, tones, moods, themes, nationalities, etc.
  • Relational Content: similar artists and albums, influences, etc.
  • Editorial Content: biographies, reviews, rankings, etc.

AMG also claims to have the world's largest digital archive of music, including approximately six million songs fully digitized, as well as the world's largest cover art library, with over half a million cover image scans.

The allmusic.com website is a sample of what is available in the database. The site was launched in 1995 as an online demonstration for potential database licensees of the breadth of content included in the database. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...

The All Music Guide database is also used by several generations of Windows Media Player and Musicmatch Jukebox to identify and organize music collections. Windows Media Player 11 and the integrated MTV Urge music store have expanded the use of AMG data to include related artists, biographies, reviews, playlists and other metadata. Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ... Y!Music Musicmatch Jukebox, made by Yahoo! Musicmatch, Inc, is an audio player that manages a digital audio library. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ...

The All Music Guide is also used to provide metadata including catalog data, artist biographies, album reviews, related artist information, playlists and other information in the iTunes Music Store, eMusic, AOL, Yahoo!, Amazon.com, and other music stores. A review is a piece of writing that discusses the authors opinion on a piece of publication, such as a movie, video game, musical composition, or novel. ... This article is about the iTunes application. ... eMusic is an online music store that operates by subscription. ... It has been suggested that AOL search data scandal be merged into this article or section. ... Yahoo! Inc. ... Amazon. ...

AMG headquarters are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ...

While the web version of AMG has much more information on most forms of popular music than the 1176 pages of the 1992 book edited by Michael Erlewine and Scott Bultman (All Music Guide: the best CDs, albums & tapes, published by Miller Freeman Inc., San Francisco), it is missing much of the information on classical music that appeared in the book. One could look up a composer in the book and identify specific recordings recommended by AMG reviewers, but the website only provides a list of recordings. Some critics have complained of accuracy issues in both the print and web AMG biographies and reviews.


The All Music Guide database was made available in 2004 as part of the AMG LASSO comprehensive media recognition service. The LASSO media recognition service automatically recognizes CDs, digital audio files, and DVDs. After the media is recognized, the service delivers related metadata content from AMG metadata databases. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... AMG LASSO is a a media recognition service launched by the All Media Guide in 2004. ... All Media Guide (commonly known as AMG), is the company which owns and maintains All Music Guide, All Game Guide and All Movie Guide. ... The simplest definition of metadata is that it is data about data - more specifically information (data) about a particular content (data). ...

See also

This is a list of online music databases: AccuRadio All Brazilian Music All Music Guide BNR Metal Burnt Wolf CADENSA - The catalogue of the British Library Sound Archive CDDB Choral Public Domain Library Color Of My Sound Coris Jpop Page Digitaldreamdoor Disco Record Vault Discogs Diskografi. ... All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues is a non-fiction book that is an encyclopedic referencing of blues music compiled under the direction of All Media Guide. ... All Music Guide to Jazz: The Definitive Guide to Jazz is a non-fiction book that is an encyclopedic referencing of jazz music compiled under the direction of All Media Guide. ...


  1. ^ Greg Prato. Retrieved on 2007-03-29.

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • All Music Guide
  • Make it or break it: How a small-town music fetishist turned an obsession into a multimillion-dollar All Media Guide (Metro Times, Detroit)



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