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Napster to co-operate with Gracenote

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 13 Mar 2001 12:42

Napster announced that it will work with Gracenote Inc., in order to be able to screen the music swapped through its service.
Gracenote is a maker of a music recognition software that would allow Napster to screen illegal files just by using Gracenote's mispelled filename lists when trying to fight against smart-a** users who try to fool their filename filters with programs like Aimster Pig Encoder.

Gracenote's huge library of "typo-ed" artist and filenames is based on their subsdiary's, CDDB's, database. CDDB is a huge database of album and artist information and it's entirely user submitted, so they have basically all the common mistyped variations already.

Terms of the agreement with Gracenote were not disclosed.

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