Yes, one million song dataset.
A 280 GB dataset. Site suggests you ask someone you know if they already have a copy. Not your average music download.
Amendment: There is no music included in this download. My reference to music download was sarcasm.
From the website:
The Million Song Dataset is a freely-available collection of audio features and metadata for a million contemporary popular music tracks.
Its purposes are:
- To encourage research on algorithms that scale to commercial sizes
- To provide a reference dataset for evaluating research
- As a shortcut alternative to creating a large dataset with The Echo Nest’s API
- To help new researchers get started in the MIR field
The core of the dataset is the feature analysis and metadata for one million songs, provided by The Echo Nest. The dataset does not include any audio, only the derived features. Note, however, that sample audio can be fetched from services like 7digital, using code we provide.
Two things to notice:
- Not a small data set (remember the post about dealing with data?)
- National Science Foundation funding on #1.
Note the combination: big data + funding. Nuff said?