MusicBrainz aims “to collect as much information about music as we can”, which surely includes music released on streaming media like YouTube. I’m a fan of a couple of groups like Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and Pomplamoose. They became famous by releasing videos of music performances on Youtube. Releases on physical media like CDs followed after.
So, a streaming audio recording or a Youtube video should constitute a Release in MusicBrainz, right?
The ‘‘Release’’ documentation doesn’t mention release as streaming digital data (or as a downloadable file, for that matter). It talks about physical media: “If you walk into a store and purchase an album or single, they’re each represented in MusicBrainz as one release.” I don’t see the words “stream” or “download” or “file” anywhere on that page. I don’t see how to describe a Release Event for a streamed or downloaded release.
That page says, “Each release … contains at least one medium (commonly referred to as a disc when talking about a CD release).” That seems to argue that “streamed content” and “electronically distributed file” should be possible values for “medium”. But the ‘‘Medium’’ documentation mentions “digital media”, but not “streams”.
It is possible to relate a Release as being “streamed for free”. This is a URL relation, which recognises Youtube URLs.
See for example, Release ‘‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World’’. It is a Release with Digital Media medium, links to Amazon and iTunes store and Youtube for various kinds of delivery. Is that how free-streaming releases should be listed in MusicBrainz? Or is another form better?
I would like to understand the consensus on how streamed and digitally delivered Releases should be correctly represented in MB.
Then, I would like to know how to go about proposing improvements to the ‘‘Release’’ documentation to make this correct representation clearer.