GSoC 2021: Pin Recordings and CritiqueBrainz Integration in ListenBrainz

Hi! I am Jason Dao, aka jasondk on IRC. I’m a third year undergrad at University of California, Davis. This past summer, I’ve been working with the MetaBrainz team to add some neat features to the project ListenBrainz.

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GSoC’21: MusicBrainz Android App: Dawn of Showdown

Greetings, Everyone!

I am Akshat Tiwari (akshaaatt on IRC), an undergraduate student from Delhi Technological University, India.

It has been an exhilarating experience for me, right from submitting a proposal for GSoC to becoming a part of a fantastic community.

The Google Summer of Code 2021 Edition finally comes to an end after the 3-Month long journey. I will be detailing the journey of working towards my summer of code project today. This blog is a summary of all the work done.

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GSoC 2021: Push the URL relationship editor to the next level

Hello everyone, I’m Yang Yang (aka yyoung), an undergraduate student from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. I am honored to be accepted as a student of Google Summer of Code 2021 in MetaBrainz Foundation to work on the improvements of external links editor. I had a good time with the MusicBrainz dev team this summer, and it was a valuable experience for me. This is a final report and overview of my work.

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GSoC 2021: Complete Rust binding for the MusicBrainz API

Hi Everyone! I am Ritiek Malhotra (ritiek on IRC) and recently completed my undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering. I participated in Google Summer of Code ’21 and worked on musicbrainz_rs – a library wrapper on the MusicBrainz Web API written for the Rust programming language.

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GSoC 2021: Series Entity for BookBrainz

Hi everyone, I am Akash Gupta, currently pursuing my undergraduate from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology. This summer, I participated in Google Summer of Code and developed a new feature — Series Entity— for the project BookBrainz.

I was mentored by Nicolas Pelletier (monkey on IRC) during this period. This post summarizes my contributions to the project and the experiences that I had throughout the summer.

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Welcoming Akshat Tiwari to the MetaBrainz team!

I’m pleased to announce that we are continuing our long tradition of hiring our best Google Summer of Code participants — I’d like to warmly welcome Akshat Tiwari to the MetaBrainz team!

Akshat has been working on our Android App, continuing the work from last summer to improve the app and to add new features. He has been doing great work and demonstrating the fact that he understands user interfaces and has an eye for design as well as coding. This is a rare combination of talents and since we’ve been in dire need for improving the UI/UX for the MusicBrainz web site since forever, this was the time to finally get this project moving seriously.

Akshat has joined us on a trial contract through the end of the year with the goal of creating a new home page for MusicBrainz (and more hopefully) — the current home page is still stuck in the early 2000s and hasn’t evolved as our projects have evolved.

Our hope is to have Akshat become a permanent member of the MusicBrainz team and once the home page is completed, that he will continue on the UI/UX revamp that Chhavi started several years ago.

Welcome to the team Akshat!

MusicBrainz App

Greetings, Everyone!

The MusicBrainz Mobile App developers have been working at full capacity, improving the user experience, incorporating more features and functionalities, while making sure the core purpose of the app remains as promised.

Since its inception in 2010, the MusicBrainz Official App has come a long way. The App currently is highly maintained and has been actively open for contributions. A systematic approach is being followed and updates are being made on a regular basis.

The most important revamp which has been worked on for the past few months is the Tagger feature available in the MusicBrainz Android App.

Functionalities like fetching the local album arts, searching through all your local music files at one go, retrieving the cover art from the server, and heading to the recording directly are some of the key highlights of the upcoming Tagger.

Picard has finally made an official entry to the MusicBrainz App where users can now send their releases to the original Picard desktop app with the click of a button. This has been worked on in collaboration with the Picard team and proper documentation on its usage will be shared soon.

The completely new addition of Listen and Critique showcases the functionalities of ListenBrainz and CritiqueBrainz websites natively from the app. Currently, these will be available as advanced features on the app.

A well-prepared Onboarding and About section will take you through every important detail on the app and make sure you are aware of all the functionalities in the best and optimized way possible.

Proper documentation of every feature is being prepared. The App is finally out in Production, do head to the stores and give it a try!

We are really excited to make the MusicBrainz App as user-friendly as possible for you, while we take care of all the wonder behind it!

Play Store: MusicBrainz – Apps on Google Play

F-Droid: MusicBrainz | F-Droid – Free and Open Source Android App Repository

Github: metabrainz/musicbrainz-android

Thank you!

MusicBrainz Server update, 2021-07-19

A week late, but here’s another server update! This time we fixed a bunch of bugs both new and old, added a bunch of new reports, and made it possible to find edits based on the content of their edit notes. Additionally, the bottom credits display for releases now hides irrelevant work relationships (they have been hidden in the inline display for a few months already).

A new release of MusicBrainz Docker is also available that matches this update of MusicBrainz Server. See the release notes for update instructions.

Thanks to cam1170, CatQuest, chaban, Cyberskull, jesus2099, ROpdebee and yindesu for having reported bugs and suggested improvements. Thanks to Besnik, kellnerd, mfmeulenbelt, salo.rock, yoshi818 and zas for updating the translations. And thanks to all others who tested the beta version!

The git tag is v-2021-07-19.

Fixed Bug

  • [MBS-11711] – Bad request for no longer existing paginated relationships
  • [MBS-11726] – Typo mistake in set cover art>Comment
  • [MBS-11753] – Artist credit editor range select is broken
  • [MBS-11757] – CDJapan sidebar link is misspelled as “CD Japan”
  • [MBS-11761] – Blank ratings in release collections pages
  • [MBS-11767] – Track-level artists that differ from the release artist are no longer shown on multi-disc releases that aren’t fully loaded
  • [MBS-11775] – Guess Feat is broken for release groups
  • [MBS-11776] – “loading-message” class missing from release loading section

Improvement

  • [MBS-10367] – Allow requesting copy of sent report when reporting
  • [MBS-11443] – Add option to sort edits by edit note date
  • [MBS-11578] – Link tracks in “Recordings with a different name than their only track” report
  • [MBS-11614] – Allow merging releases with the same structure when a medium is empty
  • [MBS-11664] – Enable Disc IDs tab when any are attached to unsupported mediums
  • [MBS-11744] – Improve Release date mouse selection (for copy)
  • [MBS-11747] – Consistent display of edit preview in release editor
  • [MBS-11765] – Add standalone recording statistics
  • [MBS-11769] – Display number of recordings with ISRCs and works with ISWCs on stats page
  • [MBS-11772] – Add the Greek (συμμ. <artist name>) to the Featured Artists reports
  • [MBS-11773] – Make “featuring in title” reports case insensitive
  • [MBS-11774] – Add fullwidth feat / featuring to the featuring reports
  • [MBS-11782] – Also hide medleys, versions, etc. on the bottom credits view of releases

New Feature

  • [MBS-8371] – Search in edit notes
  • [MBS-10844] – Report for same URL linked to many entities
  • [MBS-11335] – Report for reused Wikidata items
  • [MBS-11381] – Add a way to add and update timeline events through the website
  • [MBS-11666] – Report for releases that have disc IDs but are not supposed to have them
  • [MBS-11679] – Wish users a happy MB anniversary

React Conversion Task

MusicBrainz Server update, 2021-06-28

This time we have a release with a fair amount of small bug fixes and improvements, but the main improvement you might notice is that release pages are now a lot more efficient for releases with a lot of tracks. Any release with more than 100 tracks will be loaded only partially, and more tracks can be loaded if useful. This avoids loading hundreds of tracks (and all relevant relationships) in cases where the user doesn’t actually need them, and it will make it possible to load some releases with over a thousand tracks which would consistently time out before.

A new release of MusicBrainz Docker is also available that matches this update of MusicBrainz Server. See the release notes for update instructions.

Thanks to yyoung for improving errors in URL editor. Thanks to chaban, Cyberskull, jaw111, Jeluang, jesus2099, nikki, salo.rock, Yurim for having reported bugs and suggested improvements. Thanks to Besnik, kellnerd, mfmeulenbelt and salo.rock for updating the translations. And thanks to all others who tested the beta version!

The git tag is v-2021-06-28.

Fixed Bug

  • [MBS-6811] – Edit note permalinks are not always canonical
  • [MBS-8678] – Split Artist not blocked by all relationships
  • [MBS-8844] – “Display Credits at Bottom” doesn’t work for releases with collapsed mediums
  • [MBS-11522] – Regression: Link to release group missing in “Set cover art” edit
  • [MBS-11697] – Old release group type (now secondary) not displayed on edits
  • [MBS-11703] – Release index pages with a lot of tracks and relationships often time out
  • [MBS-11724] – Typo in Disc IDs attached but not applied report
  • [MBS-11734] – ISE when filtering duplicate artists report
  • [MBS-11737] – The cover art upload form claims “we don’t own the associated item” even though we do

Improvement

  • [MBS-5632] – Make it clear in Set Cover Art edits that the old cover art is not displayed because it was automatically picked
  • [MBS-5680] – Allow inc=artist-credits when combined with release-group-rels, release-rels or recording-rels
  • [MBS-8700] – Include genres in JSON-LD (RDF) representation of resources
  • [MBS-9695] – Allow editing link_creditable_attribute_type / link_text_attribute_type from the UI
  • [MBS-9826] – Make edit expiration time show days + hours when it will take more than a day
  • [MBS-10307] – Cover art types selector are inconsistent between add and edit actions
  • [MBS-11342] – Clarify that recording duration will change if track duration is changed
  • [MBS-11421] – Give useful message when trying to split empty artist
  • [MBS-11644] – Allow specifying target release MBID when moving disc ID
  • [MBS-11698] – More specific target of external link error messages

New Feature

  • [MBS-8070] – Show Events in contained Places in Area Events tab
  • [MBS-8866] – Show Artist relations on Split Artist page

React Conversion Task

  • [MBS-9921] – Convert the release index page to React
  • [MBS-11520] – Convert Remove Relationship Type edit to React
  • [MBS-11523] – Convert Set Cover Art edit to React

Other Task

  • [MBS-10463] – Remove the iframe-based cover art image uploader
  • [MBS-10711] – Convert standard report lists to react-table
  • [MBS-11677] – Add Selenium tests for the CAA

ListenBrainz will soon require a valid email to submit listens

Starting with today’s update of the ListenBrainz server, we now require new account sign-ups to provide a valid and verified email in order to submit your listens. Existing accounts have until 1 November 2021 to meet this requirement, with users being reminded to add their email addresses when they log in. To avoid losing listens come November, we urge you to add an email address to your account now.

We dislike taking this step, but sadly we’ve seen an uptick of spam listens (why???) being submitted to ListenBrainz. Having a verified email address will deter some people from submitting spam listens, but most importantly it allows us to contact users about their listen histories. Sometimes it can be hard to judge if someone’s listening history is not particularly diverse or if they are a spammer.

Having an email allows us to contact users whom we suspect of spamming, ensuring that we don’t delete valid user profiles.

Thanks!