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    freedb.org and its services will be shut down on March 31st of 2020.

    I saw this notice on the freedb website.

    Is there an alternative?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joebugs View Post
    freedb.org and its services will be shut down on March 31st of 2020.

    I saw this notice on the freedb website.

    Is there an alternative?
    I also spotted this and wondered about consequences. Over the years I have found a way of using a CDDB enabled player (http://www.vuplayer.com/player.php) to download details of CDs not on freedb, as can be the case with more obscure or niche recordings. You can export the details to cdplayer.ini (now virtually defunct on Windows but can still be used even on Windows 10) and import from there to Orange CD. A little bit fiddly but much quicker and less tiresome, for me at least, than manual entry of details.

    The effect of losing Freedb will be annoying but not actually so huge for me since I now buy very few CDs and use mainly downloads and streaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joebugs View Post
    freedb.org and its services will be shut down on March 31st of 2020. I saw this notice on the freedb website. Is there an alternative?
    MusicBrainz, in general (if you use a tool like dbPoweramp to rip). Discogs for Orange. I don't expect any updates to OrangeCD, but if Andrei reads this forum, updating it to allow downloading from MusicBrainz would be welcomed by me. I found Andrei's public profile and it says he hasn't been here since 2018.
    Last edited by Balok; 03-14-2020 at 06:27 PM.

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    So my Orange CD database just stopped yesterday. Over 7,000 records listed. Tried to reinstall and i get a message that Norton 2009 isn't compatible with the program. I've had Orange for over 7 years and I have had Norton 360 for the last 2 years. Is the program really dead? I read that Collectorz may not be too bad, but can i import my database to Collectorz? Kinda of stinks that Orange just stopped supporting. Any help or guidance will be much appreciated.

    John

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    I tried Collectorz on my Android tablet and didn't much care for it. Importantly for me there is no easy way that I found to include all the sidemen, much less indicate what tracks they play on. It is also not very adaptable in that you are pretty much stuck with the displays that were programmed in. It does, on the plus side, make it easy to add albums as it has a large database of its own that it draws from.

    And as for Norton, is there any program it doesn't make run worse? I haven't used it for years once I found Avast.

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