We will shortly be in a position where we will occasionally need to make detailed returns to our local (UK) music licensing organisations of all the music tracks we have played out.
Obviously we can use mAirList logs to help with this, but it would be very helpful if we could:
a) store some more info. in the MMD files (e.g. label, catalogue number of CD, track number, CD number if part of a set), and
b) be able to use % variables in mAirList logging to include this information in the log files.
The extra fields I would like to see added to MMD file (and hence the item Properties dialog in mAirList and mAirListTag) are:
Fields which can be imported from ID3 tags:
Year, Album name, Track number
New fields not (usually) present in ID3 tags:
Label (e.g. EMI, Geffen, etc.)
Media Type (e.g CD, LP, EP, 45rpm, etc.)
Catalogue Number (of the original commercial recording)
Media Set Number/Track Number (e.g. CD2/12 or 5 or 07)
(and yes I know I have duplicated Track number, but the ID3 Track number could be imported into this field instead)
Perhaps the Media Set Number (useful for multi-CD collections) should be a separate field; but after a lot of thought, I reckon the one field will suffice. Not everything comes from a multi-CD collection, and it would be a pain to have to enter 1 in every Media Set Number field!
As I said above, even better would be to have these new fields available as % variables when logging. My ideal log enties would read (for example, and using commas to represent tabs):
05:26:14,20/11/2006,START,Best Friends,Basia,London Warsaw New York,Epic,CD,463282 2,2
Does all of that make sense? And would it be possible to implement this? It would be very easy to take log files like the one above and import them into (for example) Excel, to quickly and easily produce the sort of reports we will need to send to the licensing authorities. I’m sure Tony Wilding and Charlie Davy can both confirm the sort of balls-aching detail required here in the UK: correct, lads?
If it could be done, I think this would be a killer feature for any legitimate station! I’m sure there are similar ‘returns’ requirements in other countries, right Torben?