The Music Library Management blog

Dan Gravell

I'm Dan, the founder and programmer of bliss. I write bliss to solve my own problems with my digital music collection.

Songs of Innocence - what it tells us about music 'ownership'

There's been much discussion and commentary in the past couple of weeks about Apple's free download of U2's new Songs of Innocence album. Following an announcement at the iPhone 6 and Watch event, Apple made the album available to all iTunes customers. Overnight, this album began appearing in people's music libraries.

The reaction was not overwhelmingly positive.


Different types of album images

When we talk about album artwork, it's almost always the front cover that comes to mind. It's the front cover art that provides a visual recognition of an album. Some artwork has become almost as famous as the album they front.


What makes an album?

In the world of computer audio, what makes an album an album? To some this might seem a trivial question; but that's because you have internalised the concept of an album as a collection of music. What I mean is, given a set of music files, how can you formally partition these into albums in a deterministic manner?


Release 20140813

This new build contains a lot of fine tuning: performance improvements, bug fixes, and adoption of the new 500 fix licence.


Licence changes: 1000 fixes to change to 500 fixes.

I'm going to make the first change to bliss licensing since we launched.

From the next release, which I expect to make available on 19th August, the 1000 fix licence will change to 500 fixes. The cost of the licence, £10, will stay the same.