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Published on August 11th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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There’s a Petition to Get Apple to Up Its Liner Notes Game

One of the crappy aspects of digital music files is that we don’t get things like artwork. Well, we get the absolute bare minimum; it hardly counts when compared to vinyl and CDs. We also are deprived of liner notes.

Damn, I miss liner notes. I love all the musician and production credits along with details on where the recording was made. They help create a more intense relationship with the music.

(Sidebar: Audiophiles are into something called MQA audio, which is like metadata–and other things like album credits and more–on steroids. MQA data is folded inside lossless formats like FLAC.)

There’s a petition to get Apple to get its act together when it comes to song credits on material sold through iTunes. Yes, you can click on More Info to get some metadata on each AAC file you buy, but the info you get is hardly comprehensive

Here’s what it says on the Change.org post:

With the touch of a button we can stream tracks, explore genres, artists and albums, and even read the lyrics of the songs we listen to within the Apple Music platform…but nowhere can listeners find the names of the songwriters, musicians, engineers and producers who created the music. It’s not just about giving credit where credit is due, it’s about giving us the experience we want as music consumers.

Apple tags tracks with a very limited amount of metadata in order to identify songs, but more cohesive and complete third-party music credit databases exist…with a simple link, listeners could have user-facing song credits accessible within the Apple Music app.

Apple, we CARE about the people who create our music. Please add song credits to your platform!

You can never have too much metadata.


(Thanks to Jason for the link.)




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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