The MP3.com 2003 Project
If you've entered the website directly to this page and are unsure as to what's going on, I suggest returning to the home page which will explain all.
My first idea was to have a long list of all the artists that are included in the dump, however this amounts to over 270,000 items, a 60+ MB solid HTML file and a long wait for it to load.
So in the interests of:
- speeding things up
- making life easier
- not crashing your web browser
- not killing my web server
I decided to put together some top-level browse pages - split alphabetically.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0-9 Symbols
How to Use?
OK this is relatively simple:
- You know the artists name (either from memory, or the metadata in the audio dump files), take the first character and match it to the above list.
- Click on that page, a new page will open
- You'll be presented with a table of information - use the find function in your web browser to search the content, the first column is the artists name (as it appeared on MP3.com), the second is the URI used by MP3.com to link to that artist page (this is what is in your comment field in the audio dump data), the third is the directory that MP3.com put the artist in, the fourth is the page name as it was found on the server.
- Click on any the link in the first column, now you are viewing a static page of this artists content
Restrictions and Warnings
Although this is on the home page of this project, here it is again:
- currently you won't be able to download/stream any of the music content on these pages, I hope to create a page that will help you link MP3 files recovered from MP3.com back to their artist pages
- some pictures/photos/image elements are missing, I will do my best to try and recover these at any point. If it's missing, your browser will show the missing item icon, I will not be adding in placeholders
- these web-pages were designed in the early 2000's with an early 2000's web technology and design mindset; some of it will not look good on your modern systems/browsers, some of it will be straight up broken
- some page links may go nowhere, I've done my best to obsfucate the MP3.com ones that were not covered in the dump, but ones that the artists put on there themselves are as-is, proceed with caution if you don't know what your doing
- some page links may go somewhere malicious, this is not my problem - check the URL's with something like VirusTotal if you're that worried
- this project is intended to be lightweight and simple, no I won't be updating any of the UI on any of the pages, nor do I track your movements by using cookies
- HTTPs is not enforced, this allows this page to be loaded into "of era" web browsers