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Re: [Nature Recordists] Species as artist in metadata

Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Species as artist in metadata

On 05/06/2012, at 2:37 PM, Peter Shute wrote:

> I recently bought a book called "The Sound Approach to Birding" and used 
> iTunes to rip the bird call tracks from the two included CDs. I was thankful 
> to find that someone had previously entered all the species names and call 
> types and submitted them to the Gracenotes database, but they had entered the 
> species names in the artist field, so now my mp3 player has hundreds of extra 
> artists names on it, and I can't find anything on it.
> I have rearranged them for myself so that the track titles are now "species - 
> call description" and the artist is the author of the book.
> Does anyone have any opinions on how these sorts of tracks should have their 
> metadata set up? Species should always go in the track title, shouldn't it?
> Peter Shute

If you are using iTunes the easiest way to deal with things like the Sound 
Approach to Birding is to assign the author as the Album Artist, and leave 
Title and Artist as is.

This groups the track under the Album Artist which cleans up the clutter of 
having each species as an artist in listings, but still gives you the species 
in the artist field when you play the track.

Not sure how this translates to non iProducts.


"While a picture is worth a thousand words, a 
sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie Krause.

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