[ogg-dev] metadata on the wiki

Daniel Aleksandersen aleksandersen+xiphlists at runbox.com
Fri Sep 14 08:15:43 PDT 2007

On Friday 14. September 2007 16:52:52 Ian Malone wrote:
> On 14/09/2007, Daniel Aleksandersen <aleksandersen+xiphlists at runbox.com> 
> > The biggest problem with Vorbis comments are too loose specifications
> > and too little standardisation.
> >
> > Another problem is attribution of involved parties. Currently only the
> > ARTIST field name is supported in software. More standardised field
> > names need to be worked out for organisations and persons involved in
> > the production of the recording. See:
> > http://wiki.xiph.org/index.php/VorbisComment#Attributing_involved_parti
> >es
> >
> > I have made a some suggestions, but as I have said earlier: Vorbis
> > comments are no good when it comes to including information about
> > musicans, labels, and other involved persons and organisations. A XML
> > replacement to Vorbis comments would provide better mechanisms for
> > defining this.
> Ultimately the current situation derived from mp3s, where
> the tags were inserted by end users who put in as much
> or little info as they cared about into a format which, at
> the time, only allowed basic tags like Artist, Title &c.  With
> the advent of online music stores the contents have become
> a bit more dependable but they still follow the old model.
> Vorbis comments could do better than they currently do
> but no-one seems compelled to implement any of the exotic
> tag proposals that have hung around for years.  An XML
> replacement not only allows richer information but allows
> the creation of a framework where even the basic information
> might be made more useful.

Another point here is that a replacement format would force software 
developers to acknowledge the existence of more advanced metadata. Adding 
and refining the excising comments model would be more ‘optional’. (If 
anyone got that point?)
Daniel Aleksandersen

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