[ID3 Dev] Using multiple tags to specify genre and other traits.

Ståle Askerød Johansen s.a.johansen at usit.uio.no
Fri Mar 16 06:32:55 PDT 2007

Hi. I'm new.

This may be an old discussion, but important nonetheless.

Historically, the "genre" has been the standard for specifying
the "type" of music in an mp3-file. However, a piece of music will often 
belong to more than one genre. Moreover, people have not always agreed
on which genres are needed to describe their music, so this has led
to a plethora of more or less strange genres in use.

It is time to move on.

Structuring information is difficult. As a sysadmin trying to manage
lots of different hosts with different roles, I meet this problem on a
near daily basis. The solution is using multiple "roles", or "tags" to
describe various "abilities" of something, whether it is webpages,
music or servers.

Over the last couple of years, using multiple "tags" has become a de
facto standard in some internet communitites for structuring and
categorizing webpages. A look at del.icio.us is a good example. This
allows for much more fine-tuned selection criteria than just using a
single variable.

Let me give you an example.

It's friday. I'm tired from a long week. I want to play some suitable
music. Instead of choosing the genre "slow jazz", I want to choose

jazz AND slow AND 70s AND instrumental AND NOT french AND NOT sad

Tomorrow I'm having some guests over. For dinner we'd like some
music. In want to choose

(jazz OR classical) AND piano AND (norwegian OR swedish) AND NOT modern

So. What do you think? My guess is that this won't be very difficult to
code, the problem is to agree on a standard for this. Or is it a stupid,
childish idea?

Ståle Johansen, Norway.

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