bibliographic work at The Pirate Bay

If you haven’t done the academic research like I have :P The Pirate Bay is one of the biggest and best torrent search sites. You can find and download the torrents of a few libraries worth of movies, music and software using it.

I continue to be amazed and impressed by the efforts of some file sharing enthusiasts. A member of TBP made a compilation titled “Wikipedia – Every UK Number One (1952 – 2007)” seeded it to the world.

The creator of this compilation even gives us what we could consider a bibliographic record. Emphasis mine.

VA – Wikipedia UK Number Ones (1952 – 2007)

Artist……………: Various Artists
Album…………….: Wikipedia UK Number Ones (1952 – 2007)
Genre…………….: Pop
Source……………: Internet
Year……………..: 1952-2007
Ripper……………: various
Codec…………….: various
Version…………..: MPEG 1 Layer III
Quality…………..: see list
Channels………….: Joint Stereo / 44100 hz
Tags……………..: ID3 v1.1, ID3 v2.3
Information……….: Date when number one is stored in comment for each track
Information……….: BPM for each tracked listed in tags (MixMeister BPM Analyser)

Included………….: NFO
Covers……………: Custom CD

Why ‘Wikipedia’ I hear you ask – well I wanted to use a ‘definitive source’
of information as to what was Number one & when, so I plumped for Wikipedia…..

Although in the early days of the chart, there was competition between
NME (New Musical Express) & RM (Record Mirror) as to who publishd the definitive
chart. I did find some ‘discrepancies’ on wikipedia between pages, but I used
hxxp:// as my definitive

The compilation was based on about three different torrents available on the net,
then verified & amended against the wikipedia list.Lots of work to standardise
all the ID3 tags, adding BPM, then copying the ‘date when it was No. 1’ into the
comments section of each MP3.Removing any file with a BitRate of less than 100,
and finding a new source. All in all, 2 weeks of slog to pull together a great
complilation. I have posted ‘big compilations’ in the past, many have had either
a US or European bias, this is probably the best & most definitive compilation
of UK number ones available on the net – and I have looked long & hard for them !

I hope you all enjoy……….

If in any particular year, an entry appears to be missing, i.e.
1955 192 kbps 01. Dickie Valentine – Finger Of Suspicion
1955 128 kbps 02. Rosemary Clooney – Mambo Italiano
1955 128 kbps 05. Dean Martin – The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane
1955 128 kbps 06. Ruby Murray – Softly Softly
1955 128 kbps 07. Tennessee Ernie Ford – Give Me Your Word

Numbers 3 & 4 – do not appear, that is because the third Number one
of 1955, was actually a re-appearance of the first number one of 1955.
Simialrly, entry 4 was a re-appearance of the second number one of 1955.
You can see this by looking in the comment ID3 tag of said MP3’s to see that
there are two entries for it’s number one appearance.


1955 – 1. Dickie Valentine – “The Finger Of Suspicion”
January 7 for 1 week
January 21 for 2 weeks

Hope that makes sense & clears up any confusion.

The description then continues with a complete track listing of over 1,000 songs. This must have taken a long time to collect and organize.

Imagine what people would be doing with library content, data, and systems if they were as open as a folder full of mp3s and file sharing systems.

2 thoughts on “bibliographic work at The Pirate Bay”

  1. It’s interesting to see that the more respected “groups” are those that properly catalog and embed the appropriate ID3 data in their music files. I remember that RNS was the first to tell its members that if they released an album that didn’t adhere to their exacting standards, they would be booted from the group (kicked of their IRC channel and have their FTP accounts nuked). Branding is intriguingly important in the pirate scene and quality is a major factor in that.

    I’ve made the point before that end users experience a much higher level of customer service with regards to downloadable content when they go for pirated material than they do with services like Overdrive and NetLibrary. In the end, the question is, “how much a barrier is a user going to put up with in order to stay legit?”

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