Some #GoodNews from the #FreeMusicArchive. Details are sketchy, but what they can tell us for now is that the site will *not* go down on Dec 1. Uploads are still suspended for now, and their collection is still being mirrored by, which is good anyway. #WatchThisSpace

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@strypey @musicman i'll try to setup a Funkwhale mirror this month, any help welcome

@strypey @musicman

Well, based on my preliminary research, to mirror the FMA we need:

1. An estimation of the size of the FMA (number of tracks, and total size of files)
2. A funkwhale instance were we can import the music
3. A script to crawl/download the whole archive
4. Permission from the FMA to run the script (since it may increase their bandwidth cost)
5. Funding to cover the hosting costs, if relevant

@strypey @musicman

I think I can provide 2. and 3., so any help on the other aspects would be amazing. If you have the time to research 1., contact the FMA about 4., provide hosting resources (or funding), that would be awesome!

@funkwhale they've specifically asked that people not to scrape the site. So the people to talk to about both the size of the FMA collections, and how to get a copy, would be the folks at who are doing an official mirror. See:
@switchingsocial @musicman

@funkwhale might also be approachable about providing hosting for an instance of #FunkWhale serving the #FMA collection - and potentially other libre music collections they hold - to the #fediverse. Again, the folks working on archiving the FMA seem like the best people to talk to.
@switchingsocial @musicman

@strypey @musicman thank you for the clarification. Since 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 @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

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

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

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

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

@funkwhale I've found that I can follow from Mastodon. Are there federation features between Funkwhale and other social engines (such as Mastodon or Pleroma or Friendica) planned?
Such as commenting, for example, or subscription with embedding?..

@drequivalent Funkwhale's library are technically followable, since libraries will notify followers when new content is uploaded. But this is not something Mastodon or Pleroma actually support.

However, we do plan to integrate features that will work with existing fediverse software such as commenting on artists / albums / tracks or embedding, yes :)

@funkwhale Come on then :)

A lot of it can be done on your side, I think, such as the way Peertube videos work.


@drequivalent yeah, it's on our roadmap. But we have a limited amount of time and resources, and a lot to work on.

Current focus is on moderation tools, to ensure admins and users can protect themselves.

@drequivalent you can check out from time to time to know what's planned in each release, and also subscribe to our release feeds via RSS ( to be notified of new releases and their content ;)

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