[uf-discuss] Introduction; music microformat

Digital Spaghetti digitalspaghetti at googlemail.com
Mon Feb 26 08:04:27 PST 2007

Hi Marian,

I am interested in this as well, from a content provider point-of-view.  
I am the main developer for a music management company, and I'd like a 
way to mark up our websites (both corporate and the band's) with their 
discography's and tag it using some sort of music microformat.

 From my point of view, I'd like to include obvious things such as 
Artist, Album title, track titles, track length, etc as well as other 
non-obvious stuff such as publisher, ISRC codes, territory releases 
(i.e. UK, Japan, US, Canada, etc).  I could see this being useful if 
other music publishers took up the use of this microformat, so anyone 
parsing the data can rely on it being accurate if from a trusted source.

One idea might be rather than looking at ID3 is to try find out how a 
large service (such as iTunes) stores their metadata, and seeing if that 
can be directly applied to semantic markup.


Marian Steinbach wrote:
> Hello everybody!
> I'd like to briefly introduce myself to the list.
> I just joined the list because I am interested in the development of
> (a) "music" microformats.
> I am running an experimental spider that tries to gather information
> about downloadable music from web pages. The problem here is of course
> that metadata in ID3 tags is pretty "expensive" to access, both for
> the spider and the publisher.
> For those of you who haven't heard about the Songbird project (which I
> am NOT part of) yet, they have the exact same problem. When a Songbird
> user acesses web pages, Songbird scans the page for media links. It
> then tries to acces ID3 information within the audio files in order to
> extract title, artist, album, genre and duration.
> Songbird developers are thus interested in supporting a Microformat
> for music/audio/media links. You can read a (very short) discussion
> here: http://www.songbirdnest.com/node/1356
> According to my research, the music/media-info seems to be stalled
> right now. However, I see a huge demand for some format that allows
> for very, very simple description of music references.
> A whole lot of problems around this have already been adressed within
> this group and elsewhere. I'd be happy to learn from you guys about
> what's missing.
> Cheers,
> Marian Steinbach
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