Hi Tom:

In my opinion, LOAD the information into media files IS NOT your GOAL. Have
a music player software or an archive management system is what you need.

Am I right?

We're working hard to provide that kinds of things. Rather than hacking
current tagging system, we invent the ideal one. I hope we can have more
discussion on the preferences of classical music related scenarios.

Baoshan Sheng
Director | International Classical Music Database
+ 86 10 5162 6468 | [log in to unmask]

On Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 5:16 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> That's an interesting site. But how do you get it to correctly load
> information into MP3 tag fields? That's the point of my complaint -- that
> the existing load-in databases (Gracenote and freedb) are so sloppy and
> inconsistent with info for classical albums that they almost always require
> manual corrections. Another listmember pinged me off-list to ask if I had
> found anything to catalog my classical CD's, and I told him no because I
> just don't have the time to correct the data for every CD. With the jazz
> CD's, it was a 50+% rate of _something_ needing manual correction in order
> to have consistency. This was very time-consuming. With classical, I can
> only imagine the time-sucking vortex involved. So I just keep them organized
> on the shelf and sometimes surprise myself with "oh I didn't realize I
> already owned that disc" moments."
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Baoshan Sheng | International Classical
> Music Database" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Saturday, April 10, 2010 12:07 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] article points to some of the problems with
> classical music and iTunes
>  Hi Tom:
>> Have a look at a project: (somewhat stale, we're
>> working
>> at it now).
>> Try to make some search and exploration. I want to know if this is what
>> you
>> need.
>> Any kinds of critics is truly welcomed.
>> Regards,
>> --
>> Baoshan Sheng
>> Director | International Classical Music Database
>> + 86 10 5162 6468 | [log in to unmask]
>> On Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 11:53 AM, Steven C. Barr <[log in to unmask]
>> >wrote:
>>  --------------------------------------------------
>>> From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> This article highlights an overall interesting trend. But the reviewer
>>>> also points out the confusing and inconsistent tagging that happens with
>>>> classical music in MP3 and other tag-enabled formats.
>>>> I have found that cddb/Gracenote and freedb are fraught with problematic
>>>> and inconsistent data-entry for classical titles. There are actually
>>>> tags
>>>> that work great for how classical music is generally understood --
>>>>  COMPOSER, ARTIST, ALBUM ARTIST and ALBUM TITLE for instance. You can
>>>> customize iTunes and other database programs to list by whatever field
>>>> you
>>>> wish, for instance by artist and album title or by composer and title,
>>>> so if
>>>> the data is entered correctly, it need not be totally PITA to use
>>>> classical
>>>> music in an iTunes setting. But unfortunately, most of the
>>>> pre-programmed
>>>> metadata out there is garbage, typical of internet "group volunteer"
>>>> operations with no oversight or quality control. Sometimes "help" is not
>>>> helpful.
>>>> What has surprised me is that the owners of copyrighted classical
>>>> recordings haven't gotten together to standardize and publish correct
>>>> tag-entry methods and to correct at least their active catalogs. I can
>>>> understand how there's no economic incentive to fix out of print items,
>>>> but
>>>> the active catalog gets lost in the shuffle (ipod pun intended) if the
>>>> tags
>>>> aren't right.
>>>> Classical titles are just the most glaring examples of the problems with
>>>> the online auto-tag databases. I used the Catraxx catalog-database
>>>> program
>>>> to gather and organize my jazz, rock, country and popular CD's and I
>>>> found
>>>> that at least 50% of the auto-loaded tags needed tweaking for something.
>>>> Either the recording year was wrong (most common), or something that was
>>>> not
>>>> a compilation was listed as one (also very common), or in the case of
>>>> jazz,
>>>> the musicians weren't listed in the MEMO field (this is a convenience
>>>> and I
>>>> don't hold it against the online databases that this information is
>>>> usually
>>>> missing or incorrect), or the record company was incorrectly or
>>>> inconsistently named (very common), etc.
>>>> Gracenote is a for-profit entity, so there should be better quality
>>>> control. Apple's own database at the iTunes store has more errors than
>>>> you'd
>>>> think in the more obscure corners of jazz, and classical selections are
>>>> harder to correctly indentify and locate than rock or jazz. For these
>>>> for-profit entities, there's no excuse for the poor quality control. And
>>>> what's particularly galling is, none of this should be necessary since
>>>> CD
>>>> Text was available from the beginning of CD's and should have been used
>>>> to
>>>> correctly identify artists and songs (which would then make filling in
>>>> other
>>>> tags much easier and more prone to be complete and correct).
>>>> I wish I could propose an easy solution to this, but the only one I can
>>>> think of is that buyers of digital downloads demand better
>>>> tagging/database
>>>> information from the highly profitable entities they buy from. As for
>>>> cleaning up Gracenote and freedb, I won't hold my breath. I do submit
>>>> corrected information to Gracenote from both Catraxx and the iTunes
>>>> software
>>>> most of the time, and appreciate all other users who do so too.
>>>>  What is needed is a ACD...a classical-based equivalent to the familiiar
>>> ADBD!!
>>> Currently, there is NO discography covering the classical-music
>>> recordings
>>> of 19??-1943...I discovered this when attempting to include classical
>>> discs
>>> in my Dating Guide...?
>>> Steven C. Barr