Rate Your Music

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The main page of RYM.
URL http://rateyourmusic.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Database and community
Registration Free
Available language(s) English, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
Created by Hossein Sharifi
Launched 24 December 2000
Current status Active

Rate Your Music (or RYM) is a metadata database where musical (and non-musical) albums, EPs, singles, videos, and bootlegs are rated and reviewed by users. This data is then used to generate recommendations for users and to create rated lists of albums. Weighted averages are used to calculate the ordering for these lists; regular members who write reviews and rate more albums have a greater weight applied to their ratings. It is a wiki in the sense that users can add, edit and remove content; however, the majority of new, edited content must be approved by a moderator.


Rate Your Music was founded on December 24, 2000 by Atlanta resident Hossein Sharifi. The "RYM 1.0" interface was used from inception up until 7 August 2006, when "RYM 2.0" was launched. This new interface features extra functionality (such as the "go!" feature to search, rate, review and tag releases) as well as the addition of catalog numbers/track listing/record label and live venue/concert information to the database, and was intended to be more aesthetically pleasing.

Members can also create personal lists of albums and artists to their specifications, keep track of their personal collection of music, help to maintain the music database of artists and albums, converse on the message boards, contribute to the site's production and expansion, and recommend music to other members.

In 2004, Rate Your Music responded to a general demand for newer music by hosting MP3 files of recordings by several users, who agreed to be classified as unsigned artists while allowing their original music to be downloaded free of charge from the main server. These artists are able to promote their recordings alongside more famous, established artists, and users can rate their recordings as they would any other artist.

In 2006, the website ceased relying solely on donations to fund its expenses and began receiving revenue from other sources. Namely, the two changes were commission-based links to online music retailers, and Google AdSense links (which registered users can elect not to view). The user response to these changes was overwhelmingly positive, because of the democratic nature of the decision (which was openly proposed and discussed on the website before implementation), and the relatively unobtrusive nature of the links.

In May 2009, the alpha-testing database for movies was opened on RYM.

In the Aerorate Over Your Music, a cover album of 11 members of the site paying tribute to Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was released as a free download on September 28, 2009. It is the first in a series of music projects generated by users on the site.

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External links

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