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.

Testing Murfie metadata

As readers of this blog know, I'm a streaming luddite. There are two main reasons for this: first, the audio quality from most streaming services is sub-CD quality (although this is changing). Secondly, not having ownership of my files feels uncomfortable. I enjoy picking and assembling a music collection, rather than picking simply what to play next from a gargantuan but anonymised catalogue.

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Release 20140917

This is another bug fix release, with an important fix for the canonical artist rule.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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