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Install a local version of the freedb server UNIX
Over on freedb.org, there's an article by 'ruebenschuss' that covers installing the freedb server locally on OS X. freedb is an offshoot of the now-commercial CDDB, which is what many programs use to catalog and recognize inserted CDs.

Why would you want to install a local version of the database? The author writes:
Since OS X is a proper UNIX, it should be fairly easy to run the freedb on it. I've managed to compile the freedb server with only few changes and query it via telnet. It should be possible for any CD rip application to connect to "localhost" as cddb server and get the information there. This would make it possible to rip CDs without a connection to the internet.
The article also links to a separate page which contains the how-to instructions, the database files, and the server source code for installing on OS X.

At this point, installing the files locally will not allow iTunes to recognize CD's without an internet connection, but the article discusses how that may be possible in the near future.
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Messed up URL
Authored by: Jay on May 02, '02 12:00:18PM
Looks like a break tag broke the link. It should be http://www.freedb.ruebenschuss.de/

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Local freedb and pre-ripped mp3s
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 10, '03 10:43:11PM

Is there a way I can get iTunes (or freeDB) to run the song lookup on an mp3 itself, without the original CD? This might not be possible since MP3s don't record the exact number of frames in the original track (I don't think), so is there another app that can do this 'offline' freedb lookup?

Jim



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