Date vs. Original Release Date



Musicbrainz uses two dates for a release. The actual relese date of this particular product and the original release date, when the recording was first released.

The original release date is the date you usally want to see in your media player (imho), because it defines where the record stands in the artists discography and the spirit in which decade it was produced, …

However most media players ignore the original releae date and simply use the date. Amarok and Kodi ignore the original release date, Quod Libet is configurable to display it.

While what Musicbrainz does is unarguably correct, it doesn’t work well. How do you deal with that situation? Is there a plugin that which can use the original release date for the date field?

Thanks for your experiences!


Use scripting:



Although I resolved to do something similar, because I’m using iTunes, with: $set(date,$left(%originaldate%,4)) or alternatively $set(date,%originalyear%), Horus107 has a point. The Right Thing™ would be to have user expected tags behavior based on simple to use media player presets. One would select in Options his favorite media player in a list and Picard would do the rest. Most of the existing options could then be moved to the Options advanced section if one still wants to tweak them or if his favorite player is not available in the list.