[uf-discuss] Introduction; music microformat

Thom Shannon thom at ts0.com
Mon Feb 26 08:32:27 PST 2007

There has been some work on this, http://microformats.org/wiki/media-info

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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