On the surface, it appears that Pandora, despite its head start of at least a decade on most of its competitors, is facing an uphill battle. It’s not just the number of services that are potentially coming online but also the number of songs and the amount of data those services are offering up to consumers. The Echo Nest, which powers personalization for Spotify (among others), boasts data on more than 35 million songs (which is why Spotify’s library is able to hold more than 20 million songs). Upstart Senzari says its new MusicGraph platform contains around 20 million songs. Gracenote has data on more than 130 million.
Pandora, by contrast, has “more than 1 million” songs in its library.
Sony verkauft seine Tochter Gracenote, einen Anbieter von Metadaten zu Musik und Filmen, für 180 Millionen US-Dollar an die Tribune Company. Das gaben beide Unternehmen in einer Pressemitteilung am 23. Dezember bekannt.
Aus der Pressemitteilung:
Gracenote is the industry standard for music recognition technology and its database gets 550 million look-ups each day and more than 16 billion every month, making it the most trafficked music data source on the planet. Gracenote technology is featured in thousands of mobile apps and 50 million cars have been equipped with Gracenote. The company also provides data and information for one million movies and TV shows to 30 countries and holds over 90 U.S. and foreign patents.
Gracenote beliefert beispielsweise iTunes und Amazon mit Metadaten.