Sorry for another reply.

If using existing tagging scheme and existing software (e.g. iTunes) is a
concern. We also provide a freedb compatible service which can help you load
that information into mp3 files.

Which approach you believe is better? Maybe both :)
Baoshan Sheng
Director | International Classical Music Database
+ 86 10 5162 6468 | [log in to unmask]

On Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 5:30 PM, Baoshan Sheng | International Classical
Music Database <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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