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Music ID has garnered reviews which show that as a seminal collection of data, Music ID is of relevance from music to business, political science, statistics and popular culture. It gives you a lens into a part of human nature which could not previously be accessed in this way. As a result you can tell a different story in your research.

Sales drive rankings. Rankings tell the story. 

ACO [Music ID] is a groundbreaking research source, one that brings together for the first time, sound recording sales charts for a wide variety of music genres from around the world. Its search interface is intuitive and returns quickly-comprehensible results, which can in turn be manipulated in useful ways... overall ACO [Music ID] provides a very solid value for the price. ACO's [Music ID] content is tremendously valuable; the charts from which it derives its data go back, in some cases, more than 60 years... the product already fills such a significant need for music researchers.  
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- The Charleston Advisor, 15 August 2013
This is a GREAT database and is especially useful for the integrative features it has--indeed, I think this is a model for a lot of databases of the future. Thank you for letting the students have a look at it (they were all duly impressed). 
- 2016 St. Catherine University


The MUSIC ID database was extremely helpful as I researched pro-war music produced in the 1960s and 1970s. The database gave me quick access to all the chart data I needed – far more data than on the public archive. But what made it especially useful was its ability to show connections between different songs and different artists allowing me to reach unforeseen conclusions. The database allowed me to create graphs comparing chart data from different songs with only a few clicks. Normally this would have taken hours of research tracking and recording the limited Billboard rankings just 10 deep available on their archive of each song and then manually creating a graph from that data. 
- Christine Hayes, Religious Studies Chair, Yale University
- Ethan DellaRocca, Researcher at Choate Hall

It will make music librarians wonder how we got by without it until now. 
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- 'Note's review, Music Library Association

ACO [Music ID]...set(s) itself apart from other online music resources by using analytical tools to gauge the impact of classical, jazz, and pop music all over the world. Using more than 60 years of music-chart data, and updated on a weekly basis, ACO [Music ID] allows users to compare and contrast, critically examine, and interpret reams of music-chart data with a simple click of the mouse... Any curious researcher exploring music and culture will find a fascinating trove of information here. Read the full testimonial
- Booklist, journal of the American Library Association

Music ID is an indispensable tool in examining chart data for the sales of sound recordings in countries around the world. I believe Music Industry Data will be valuable to everyone from scholars to casual music fans, and it should be considered an essential resource for any library that deals with the study of popular music.
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In short, the database should be of significant value to any institution with courses of study in pop music and history of contemporary Western music
- University of Hong Kong

…provides us with a statistical meta-narrative of popular culture…
- University of Northampton

We have been very pleased with it and its application across the curriculum, not just in music…
- Bowling Green State University

Music Ally provides accurate up to the minute music business information and also astute observation on all matters digital. The daily bulletins provide the news, the reports the analysis. They are also smart enough to see behind the press release and work out the implied strategy. You can’t teach a commercial music business course without their information.

“Any university student who is interested in a career in the music business should read music:)ally. A music:)ally report fits neatly between Music Week and the academic journal. As a resource, it allows you to balance current developments with (relatively recent) historical perspective. It dares to comment and predict, and is therefore re-freshingly direct. It’s also an excellent read.” - Nigel BP, Subject Leader, Commercial Music Bath Spa