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Gracenote Takes On The Echo Nest With Music Recommendation API ‘Rhythm’

image from www.tunecore.com2014 is already shaping up to be a pivotal year for Gracenote. Sony is selling the music data provider to the Tribune Media in a deal that creates a massive database of music, entertainment and media data. And later today thecompany is launching Gracenote Rhythm, a music recommendations API aimed squarely at a market dominated by The Echo Nest.

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It's too early to know exactly how Gracenote Rythym compares to The Echo Nest, but the combination of music and media data alongside data driven music recommendations could prove a powerful selling tool.

“The music industry has seen a lot of music services come and go with the exact same Internet Radio solutions that rely heavily on Web-scraped and auto-generated content. We’d like to see some real innovation in the market,” Gracenote president Stephen White told Music Ally. “At Gracenote, we believe there has to be a human component to creating and delivering Internet Radio – technology can’t do it alone.”

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