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RE: Classical metadata - agreed

Downloading or ripping CDs requires a discipline for metadata that it is best to adopt from day one. Going back to refit metadata by amending ID3 files is a frustrating process and I would not like to try this with a collection of thousands of albums.

The difficulty with classical music seems not to lie fundamentally with those who have created the original metadata file ( normally the record label for downloads) but the designers of software players who still cater only for pop/rock music fans by only displaying album, artist and track information even though other fields such as composer exist completed in the metadata that is embedded in the file. The concept of "work" or "act"(for opera) is , nevertheless, still not properly dealt with. In regard to the latter I am pleased that Qobuz is dealing with the issue but only for the streaming side of things as that is where they are able to control things.

I have noticed some improvement to the accuracy of what is provided though. It instructive to use Perfect Tunes via dbpower amp when ripping and to compare the results for albums released in the last two years compared to those that came out five years ago or longer.

The new Roon Valence software seems to offer a good solution too if it lives up to the promises.

Anyway for the time being one has to be prepared to put some effort into cleaning up metadata or finding a work around to introduce useful information into a player format that does not cater for it. For example adding the name of the composer before a track title where the album consists of works by various composers.
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