Guess it’s been a while since I touched the dusty old boxes of CDs — I only just found out that CD database FreeDB shut down some time in early 2020, and the MusicBrainz mirror of FreeDB shut down in 2019.
Most open source CD rippers defaulted to using FreeDB to look up band names, CD names and track titles. If you ever need to rerip your collection, these services still exist:
- GnuDB, which is where freedb.org now redirects — http://gnudb.gnudb.org:80/~cddb/cddb.cgi
- Retrobridge — http://cddb.retrobridge.org:80/~cddb/cddb.cgi
That said … you should switch to MusicBrainz.
FreeDB was always held back by compatibility with the late 1990s CDDB format. MusicBrainz is a better data source and is well-maintained by a nonprofit.
Andrew Hickey just pointed me at Sound Juicer for Linux, which is what he uses to rip CDs for 500 Songs, and that uses MusicBrainz by default. There’s also Whipper for Linux. On Windows, Exact Audio Copy supports MusicBrainz just fine.