1.  Music ID - which courses is it used in?

Music Business

Introductory courses on History of Rock etc.

Classical and Jazz courses tracking performance history

Entertainment Industry

Mus​i​c and Society

Film & Media Studies

Cultural and Cultural Studies

Business Studies

Political Science

History and Statistics


2. Does Music ID provide actual sales data?  Yes, weekly stream count from Spotify

All the data we provide is derived from sales. Contemporary stream counts on Spotify is captured weekly. The data is arranged in Sales Rankings, from the 1950s for the UK and US and more recently from inception in other countries. Some of the digital download sales data is from as early as 2004 when those sales were authenticated by the recording industry around the world.

The managers of Music ID are negotiating access to the unit sales data, and if you would like to support this please write to us telling us the courses in which the data would be used. This will be an exciting development.


Benefit: The sales rankings will give you insight into the relative performance - in many ways more useful than unit sales. Researchers can see the relative success of recordings and compare artists, across 30 countries. Yes, for business courses the unit sales are sometimes important, but even there the timing and success of music in different countries and decades is clarified with the great analytical tools of Music ID.

3. Is Music ID updated on a regular basis?

Yes, it is updated weekly.  The data sets are also being increased with more countries - there are currently 74 countries featured from the US, the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Over 5,452 chart types updated weekly. Date range starting in 1955 

Benefit: Superimpose graphs of the rankings of different artists in different countries, for accurate analysis using Music ID software.

Our software is able to analyse freely available data and licensed data. 
We can analyse data our customers would like to have added to the software. 

4.  Does Music ID have anything that points to what is new and what is upcoming?

The Contents page includes shaded out the new countries to be added.

5. The MusicWeb feature delivers semantic indexing of all information related to an artist from across the Internet.

Discover amazing new connections through the semantic web using linked data to assess musical and social relationships. The data is also integrated for music awards and textbooks.

MusicWeb is a companion resource to Music Industry Data. It is based on semantic indexing software which identifies relevant resources on the Internet including video, audio, related artists and biographical information.

Linking to Journals

1.  Are the links to the journals just to articles that are cited or do we provide the full article?

We link directly to the relevant search result for each artist in the scholarly journals.

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)

Popular Music (Cambridge University Press)

Journal of the Society for American Music (JSAM)

Journal of Popular Music Studies (Wiley)

Popular Music and Society (Taylor & Francis)

Rock's Back Pages

If your university library is also a subscriber to the journal (which is usually the case) then the user has access to the full article. If your university library does not subscribe, then you will access the ‘abstract’.

So if it is Adele or Herbert van Karajan, the German conductor, we take the user directly to the journal search result with all the articles that come up for them.

2. Does Music ID give full updated RILM access?

The RILM access is the same as the journals mentioned in point 6 above. There are very few cases where a library gets access to one item by subscribing to another one.


1.  Questions when dealing with a Consortium:

If the consortium they are in, signs on for a deal will the Library be pro-rated based on when the deal started or based on the year subscription?

If the consortium finalises their agreement with Music ID then they will be 'grandfathered in' to the agreement and a refund will be made as applicable.

Subscription and Perpetual Options

1. Subscription and Purchase models

Libraries can subscribe to the resource which includes weekly updates to the data sets, and monthly roll out of improvements to the functionality.

2. Does Music ID have the option of a perpetual purchase?

Yes, Music ID has a perpetual access purchase option. The price is negotiable and needs to be discussed with a representative for Music ID.

Customers with a perpetual license can enjoy new data added each week for a small access fee. They can also elect to purchase the new data each year for a modest acquisition fee. Please talk to a Music ID rep to discuss this further.

3. Can a subscription convert to a perpetual license?

If the library decides to purchase Music ID after being a subscriber the subscription monies for up to three years can be applied towards the purchase. After the purchase is completed, the data added each subsequent year can be purchased at an advantageous rate.

4. Will a license agreement be required for this product?

Yes, the license agreement is applicable for a subscription or a perpetual license. Music ID does not have a confidentiality clause. A quicker and simpler way to deal with the licensing side of things is to simply use the SERU guidelines.

Linking Programmes

1.  The Music ID web site mentions a “linking programme to selected key scholarly resources…” where the links are embedded in the product with permissions from third party publishers. Would you be able to clarify if we need to already have a subscription to the journals listed in order to access the content?

The embedded links to scholarly resources are on various pages, e.g. the Artist page. You would need a subscription to the linked journal/database to see the full text, and most of the resources make the abstract and index available for institutions without a subscription.

2.  Regarding the linking program, can the Music ID database communicate with an open URL link resolver (such as SFX, which we use) so that the library will be able to detect if they have or do not have a subscription to a specific linked journal?

Music ID has persistent URLs for the content pages (artists, albums, singles, countries and so on). The link resolvers such as SFX can be used to link to these particular elements. Similarly, the coursework tools such as Moodle, Blackboard and WebCT can also use these URLs to ensure the content is an integrated part of student coursework.


1.  Some librarians indicated that they are on a trial with Music Online, a streaming service. Is Music ID the same?

1.1. Streaming services now have many legal alternatives (e.g. Spotify) and may not remain as important for a librarian to spend money on. Simple listening is now ubiquitous.

1.2. Music ID  is new, exciting, and genuinely contributes to scholarship with copyright data under license.

1.3. Music ID is relevant to many more librarians and scholarly communities than just Music. Business (entertainment industry), Modern History (protest songs during the Vietnam war), Social Sciences (the impact of hip hop 1990s or punk 1970s on society), Political Science can also make use of the data.

2.  Research Folders

Click on the Research Folders link on the bottom right of Music ID. They will then be presented with a login box saying:

Please sign in

In order to access your research folders you need to sign in.

This presents a box to type in the Email and Password. If the user has forgotten their password it presents a link: Lost password? which brings up this commentary:

Lost password?

Please enter your email address in the form below. An email will be sent to you asking you to confirm a code and provide a new password.

Please note that we never store user passwords for security reasons and therefore if you forget your password, it will need to be reset from the email address you signed up from.

Don't have a username? Click here.

The user can then review the email they receive with a link to reset the password as follows:

Please sign in

You will receive an email with instructions about how to reset your password in a few minutes.

The email called: Reset password instructions then provides a link to change the password, and access follows.

Information which has been stored in research  folders is available, and we test to ensure that data from the first rollout of Music ID is still available to users in their research folders. In fact, if newer data has become available for the items in the research folders, the graphs are updated with the new information.

IP Ranges

1. University doesn't have an IP Range and only work through EZ Proxy. Can Music ID accommodate this?

The way it works is that the customer installs EZproxy software at their end, then gives us an IP address which we setup as normal.

2.  A University would like to do a trial but they don't do it through an IP, can they do it through a user name and password?

Yes, a user name and password is available, however the preference is for an IP trial. This can also be via EZproxy. Any eventual subscription will require IP authentication, therefore the trial is best tested with IP authentication.  

3.  How is access to the database provided? Does Academic Rights Press provide IP-filtered, campus-wide access (including remote access)?

Access is IP filtered, campus wide, for unlimited users including remote.

Forthcoming features

Music ID Chart of Charts. This uses the Zipf function to deliver a new ranking using all the data over a period. The user can select a chart and a date range. The Music ID Chart of Charts delivers a mathematically accurate ranking of artists over that time period. It can then be exploded to show the recordings of the Artist which contributed to their position.

API to access the raw data. We are excited to be adding various ‘end points’ so that digital humanities scholars can access the raw data, and produce new research insights.

This is a major innovation, leading the way for digital humanities scholars to access the raw data, and manipulate it in the specific ways they require for their research.

We would be delighted to hear from you about other features which would be of value to you and your patrons.

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