I am very interested in the coming changes. I really like MB as it relates to physical media. It is the digital that is lacking to me. My concern on it is that MB has been a great, and I would argue one of the best, resources there is for them. The issue I See right no is that the database is getting loaded with numerous digital releases, all done a bit differently. This reminds me almost of the FreeDB issue… where the system went to junk when a load of bad data was imported and allowed in. There was also a disagreement among developers, sort of as we see here… a mashing of different views and opinions.
I would be happy to put together a document vs a long post here that few will bother reading on the aspects I find important, followed by supplemental data. The biggest conflict with me is that the current DB structure is not appropriate to divide as I see it.
In brief and in very general terms… I see a “release group” as a release with a specific track listing. Under that release group, you have releases driven by the reference. So say I have an iTunes reference, I can enter in the specifics for that release… if I know the barcode, the bitrate, the encoder used, etc. So then… as I use Picard, imagine this. I select the 12 track version of Band Release. Then I select I have a digital version, then FLAC format, etc… It will take me to exactly where I want to be as it relates to identifying a release. Or say I want to know where to stream it, I could then open that track listing, select stream, then paid or free, etc. It again takes me to where I need to go, while also capturing all of the attributes that the reference used provides.