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AllMusic's logotype and logo (since July 2013)
Type of site
Online database for music albums, artists and songs; reviews and biographies
Available in English
Owner All Media Network, LLC (since August 2013)
Created by Michael Erlewine
Slogan(s) Music search, recommendations, videos and reviews
Alexa rank Increase 2,937 (March 2017)[1]
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched 1991; 26 years ago (1991) (as All Music Guide)
Current status Online

AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide or AMG) is an online music guide. The largest music database on the web, it catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, it was launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web. [2][3]


AllMusic was launched as All Music Guide by Michael Erlewine, an astrologer and musician, he founded a company that developed software for astrology in 1977, and in the early '90s, as CDs became the prevalent format for recorded music, he began to research using meta data to create a music guide. Dissatisfied with the inadequate labeling on CDs,[4] his goal was to create an open access database that included every recording "since Enrico Caruso gave the industry its first big boost". All Music Guide was founded in 1990 in Big Rapids, Michigan; the first All Music Guide was a 1,200-page reference book, packaged with a CD-ROM, published in 1991.[5]

The first digital iteration of the All Music Guide was available as a text-based Gopher site in 1991,[5] as graphic content became more common, and web browsers user-friendly, it moved to the internet.[6]

By 1999, AMG had catalogued over 350,000 albums and 2 million tracks -- divided into 1400 sub-genres -- and published biographies of 30,000 artists. 120,000 record reviews and 300 essays were written.[7]

AllMusic's content is written by "a hybrid of historians, critics and passionate collectors", the senior editor is Stephen Thomas Erlewine.[8]

Guide series[edit]

All Media Network also produced the AllMusic guide series, which includes the AllMusic Guide to Rock,[9] the All Music Guide to Jazz and the All Music Guide to the Blues. Vladimir Bogdanov is the president of the series.[10][6]


In August 2007, PC Magazine included AllMusic in its "Top 100 Classic Websites" list.[11][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Wolf, Gary (February 1994). "All Music". Wired. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ Smith, Ernie (September 16, 2016). "The Story of AllMusic, the Internet’s Largest, Most Influential Music Database". Retrieved 20 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Herbert, Daniel (January 24, 2014). Videoland: Movie Culture at the American Video Store. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. p. 209. ISBN 0520279638. Retrieved 20 July 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Nosowitz, Dan (January 30, 2015). "The Story of AllMusic, Which Predates the World Wide Web". Vice. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Bowe, Brian J. (January 24, 2007). "Make it or Break it". Metro Times. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric (February 23, 1999). "Conjunction Junction". Village Voice. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  8. ^ Powers, Ann (June 3, 2015). "Digital Underground Who Will Make Sure The Internet's Vast Musical Archive Doesn't Disappear?". NPR. Retrieved 20 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Toon, Jason (July 21, 1999). "Rock Stock: A book report on the best tomes to consult before buying tunes". Riverfront Times. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ Bruno, Anthony (February 28, 2011). " Folding Into for One-Stop Entertainment Shop". Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ Heater, Brian (August 13, 2007). "Top 100 Classic Websites – AllMusic – Slideshow from". Retrieved September 24, 2013. 

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