@strypey @switchingsocial @musicman thank you for the clarification. Since Archive.org seem to allow (and even encourage) scraping / downloading, and I found a way to get the tagged files (by downloading the originals), that's a few questions/problems solved!

@strypey @switchingsocial @musicman

Just to let you know, following our discussion from last week, I'v started writing a small utility to grab the FMA content from archive.org.

I plan to mirror at least a part of the FMA on open.audio using this :)

dev.funkwhale.audio/funkwhale/

So, I've imported ~25Gb of music from the Free Music Archive on open.audio using this method.

It worked beautifully, and it's now available for the whole #Funkwhale federation. Follow this library from your Funkwhale instance and you'll have access to it:

open.audio/federation/music/li

You can also visit open.audio/library/ directly to listen to all this new content! (you don't need an account ;)

Since this Proof of Concept work, the next step will probably be to mirror the complete FMA. I expect the whole thing to weight many, many terrabytes though, so we'd have to figure out how and where to store that!

I've launched a download task for ~2000 more albums (roughly 5-10 times what was already downloaded). I expect it to take an additional 200Gb of disk space.

This import went well too, and I launched another mirrorring tasks for 4000 additionnal albums before going to sleep yesterday.

All of this is currently importing into open.audio, but I'm confident saying that in a ~60 minutes, almost 350Gb of additionnal CC music (6000 albums, 40K tracks) from the FMA will be available!

In total, I'd say we have roughly 40% of the FMA mirrored on open.audio, which takes less space than I initially expected.

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