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Allmusic Guide

Not to be confused with All Music, an unrelated Italian television channel.

Web address
Slogan Music search, recommendations, videos and reviews
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Online database for music albums, artists and songs; including reviews and biographies
Registration Optional
Available language(s) English
Owner All Media Network, LLC (since August 2013)
Created by Michael Erlewine
Launched 1991
Alexa rank positive decrease 2,349 (November 2013)[1]
Current status Online

AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide or AMG)[2] is an online music guide service website, owned by All Media Network, LLC. AllMusic was founded in 1991 by popular culture archivist Michael Erlewine as a guide for consumers. Its first reference book was published the following year. When first released onto the Internet, AMG predated the World Wide Web and was first available as a Gopher site. In late 2007, Macrovision (now Rovi Corporation) acquired AMG for a reported $72 million.[3] The AMG consumer web properties, and were sold by Rovi in July 2013 to All Media Network, LLC.[4]

All Media Network, LLC offices are located in San Francisco, CA, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.


AllMusic's database, which is licensed and used in point-of-sale systems by some music retailers, includes the following:

  • Basic data: names, genres, credits, copyright information, product numbers.
  • Descriptive content: styles, tones, moods, themes, nationalities.
  • Relational content: similar artists and albums, influences.
  • Editorial content: biographies, reviews, rankings.

AllMusic also claims to have the largest digital archive of music, including about six million digital songs, as well as the largest cover art library, with more than half a million cover image scans.

The AllMusic database is also used by several generations of Windows Media Player and Musicmatch Jukebox to identify and organize music collections. Windows Media Player 11 and the integrated MTV Urge music store have expanded the use of AllMusic data to include related artists, biographies, reviews, playlists and other data.

AllMusic is also used to provide catalog data, artist biographies, album reviews, related artist information, playlists and other information in the iTunes Music Store, Zune Marketplace, Zune player, eMusic, AOL, Yahoo!, and other music stores. AllMusic is also at the heart of the Naim Extended Music database used by the Naim HDX hard disk player.

In 2011 it was announced by Rovi that AllMusic, along with AllMovie and Allgame, drew a combined three million unique visitors a month.[5]


Reviewers include Greg Adams, Mark Allender, Jason Ankeny, Roxanne Blanford, Marisa Brown, John Bush, Al Campbell, Nate Cavalieri, Eugene Chadbourne, Matt Collar, Sean Cooper, Ken Dryden, Bruce Eder, Jason Elias, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Katherine Fulton, Jo-Anne Greene, Steve Huey, David Jeffries, Thom Jurek, Andy Kellman, Rudyard Kennedy, Don Kline, the late Cub Koda, Andrew Leahey, Steve Leggett, Jason Lymangrover, Scott McClintock, Greg McIntosh, Opal Louis Nations, Wilson Neate, Heather Phares, Greg Prato,[6] Ned Raggett, Margaret Reges, Eduardo Rivadavia, John Phillip Roberts, William Ruhlmann, Michael Sutton, Jeff Tamarkin, Rob Theakston, Richie Unterberger, Sean Westergaard, and Scott Yanow.[7]


In August 2007, PC Magazine included AllMusic in its "Top 100 Classic Websites" list.[8]

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