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Monday 22 November 2021

SongKong 8.0 Bandwagonesque released 22nd November 2021

SongKong 8.0 Bandwagonesque released 22 November 2021



This is a major release that now supports Acoustid Albums, Discogs Performer credits and improved filters in the Browse By section of the report

Acoustid Albums

SongKong has always been able to generate Acoustids and use these to lookup recordings in MusicBrainz albums. However the Acoustid database is significantly larger than the MusicBrainz database and there are many Acoustids not linked to MusicBrainz, Acoustid includes its own basic metadata but does not provide a concept of album lookup only single songs can be looked lookup.

But we have now imported the complete Acoustid database into Albunack and now we are now able to analyse the Acoustid database and reconstruct Acoustid albums for Acoustids tracks. We limit this to generating Acoustid Albums for Acoustids not currently linked to any MusicBrainz Ids, and only if we can construct a complete album and we have the basic metadata (artist, title, album title, tracknos) for every track of the album.

If SongKong can match to complete albums rather than individual Acoustid tracks we get better results, and gives us much better coverage of live bootleg albums and self-published albums.It also helps SongKong to match to MusicBrainz in cases where the user has no metadata so cannot do a direct metadata match to MusicBrainz and the MusicBrainz album does exist but does not have any Acoustids linked to so cannot be identified just by using Acoustids.

This gives us over 1 million new albums that we did not have before

Discogs Performer Credits

We have always supported performer credits from our primary data source of MusicBrainz but we only supported predefined roles from Discogs such as Producer, Engineer and Composer. We now supported musical performers from Discogs as well at both release and track level, this wil greatly increase the number of performer credits that SongKong adds.

Browse By Filters improved

The report allows you to browse by Artist and Album, Album, Composer/Work and Folder. We have now improved the filters for all these types supporting filtering by if the tracks have been modified, if there is a MusicBrainz album match, and if there is a Discogs album match for all browse by sections, this makes it very easy to use the report to find changes of interest. 


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