- P.S. There's an e-government hook here, especially given all this talk of joined up data sharing. Departments don't call anything the same as each other - not even items that you might consider simple, such as the definition of "child". With complicated identifiers like national insurance number, tax reference number, NHS number and so on, bringing the records together will be lots of fun. More on that another time.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I've slowly been digitising my classical music collection using itunes. It's no simple task but once it's done, there's no substitute for flicking through the composer list on my Sonos and hearing the music blast out throughout the house. Right now I have Vladimir Ashkenazy flooding the house with his incredible rendition of Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos. Or should that be "Rachmaninov, Sergei" or "Sergei Rachmaninov" or "S. Rachmaninov" or "Rachmaninov (1873-1943)", "Rachmaninov, Serge" or even a combination of perhaps Japanese characters that I can't quite decipher? So here are my top 3 itunes flaws 1. Labelling inconsistency. Whilst having the gracenotes CDDB service beats having to type in every album, composer, artist and track name item for every CD, the inconsistency of labels is frustrating, particularly it seems for classical music. After all, Madonna is Madonna and every one of her albums has her as the "artist" (I haven't yet seen a label of "M. Ciccone" or "Madonna, Ciccone"). Yet I have 3 variants of Ravel ("Ravel", "Ravel, Maurice" and "Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)) and 3 of Schubert, 4 of Prokofiev (with various counts of "v" and "f" at the end) and 6 different Mozarts. Why is this important? I often search by composer rather than album and frequently want to play a range of different pieces by one composer. Is there a way out of this? Sometimes itunes offers you a choice of labels for a track but the window it presents them in isn't big enough to see what it is actually going to use, so that's no help. I thought perhaps some filters might make sense - the same way that you can filter emails in Outlook so that they route to a specific folder - so that any Mozart pieces would go to the "Mozart" folder rather than the "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" folder. Or perhaps it could learn from the first disc I put in by any single composer and use that as a template?
Posted by Alan at Tuesday, January 16, 2007