Metadata–the information we use to tag our digital files–is in rough shape. It’s fine (usually) if you purchase music from an online store like iTunes, but there’s much, much room for improvement.
For example, I received a lot of music through secure downloads directly from record labels. It’s stunning to see how bad a job many labels do tagging their own product. I’ve received dozens and dozens of files without information as basic as album title. The album title! WTF?
We need to agree on style, protocols and nomenclature if metadata is going to be of any use. And we need to set some standards when it comes to characters, punctuation and language.
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