Continuing the discussion from Clarifying "Release" in a streaming world:
Rather than hijack a two-year-old thread, and for people who don’t want to hold a discussion in the MBS-9536 Redesign of “Artist” Overview Page ticket, let me open up a new topic. What UI ideas can we come up with for a redesigned Artist page in a streaming world?
The difficulty is that handling streaming-primary artists and digitally-distributed releases will require design, design which hasn’t been done yet. So, the designer needs guidance about what options to keep open.
I can imagine three scenarios:
Baseline: no special handling of streaming-primary artists. Streaming releases and digital music file releases get listed as “other”.
The eventual design expands the definition of Release and Release Group to accommodate streaming releases and digital music file releases on a par with CD and LP releases. Then there is no implication for the design; the Artist’s “discography” will include entries which never saw a “disc”.
The eventual design comes up with a new entity for streaming releases and digital music file releases, leaving the existing Release and Release Group to refer to CD and LP releases and the like. Then the Artist may have a “discography” for CD and LP releases, and a different “discography” (probably named something else) for the Streaming releases.
So, the first specific improvement suggestion for the UI overhaul is, consider the possibility that there may be more than one “discography”. Do mockups with multiple discographies. Will it be important for the system to tell the UI layout which “discography” is the primary one for each particular Artist?