[uf-discuss] Is Music dead? (I hope not!)

Ryan Cannon ryan at ryancannon.com
Thu Jun 29 12:59:06 PDT 2006

Coincidentally I was kicking this around in my head last night.

> I plan on researching and co-opting existing idioms if they exist, and
> actually started listing some examples of Artist/Release/Track data in
> music-examples before it became clear to me that this may not have
> been its intention-- it reads like it may have been set up to do
> something more along the lines of what media-info is set up to do.

One thing that neither of these pages mention is ID3v2[1], whose  
in iTunes appears (from a consumer's standpoint) to contain all  
necessary metadata
for music files, and is pretty widespread. A little wikipedia reading  
let me know
that there are some competing formats: APEv2[2] and Vorbis Comments[3].

One problem that creating such a microformat might solve is the idea  
of an "authoritative"
media tag—i.e. a publisher could create (x)html pages that can provide
generate the official metadata for digitized music.

[1] http://www.id3.org/
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APEv2_tag
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorbis_comment

Ryan Cannon

Interactive Developer
MSI Student, School of Information
University of Michigan

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