The Echo Nest has announced that its Million Song Dataset is now available as a public data set on Amazon. The Dataset is a collection of audio features and metadata for one million popular music tracks, released by the music technology firm as a reference for developers working on new music apps and algorithms. Putting it all on Amazon’s cloud is a significant move, as the company explains. “No longer do you have to worry about how you are going to download and store half a terabyte of music data, let alone figure out how to process it all on your two year old MacBook. Now you can access the MSD from your Amazon EC2 instances and start computing on this dataset in minutes.” The project started as a joint initiative between The Echo Nest and LabROSA, and they have grand ambitions for it. “We hope to make the MSD as important to MIR [music information retrieval] research as the human genome is to medical research.”

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