I'd very much like to see the ID3 tags TORY
(Original Year) and TLAN
(Language) implemented: In the database, for searching, display and tag edit.The Reasons behindTORY
Professional broadcasters tend to follow rules
for setting up a show, like »play songs from one decade only«. Now the TYER (Year) ID3 tag is defined as the year the album/song was released
, so I (and most of the colleagues I know of) use TYER (Year) plus TDAT (Date as DDMM) to store the album release date and TORY (Original Year) to denote the original release year
. Meaning, you may have a great song on a 2006 compilation disc that actually stems from the year 1967 (TYER=2006, TORY=1967). You want to play »The Sixties« so there should be some means of easily selecting songs from the Sixties which can only
be done when TORY is available.
Selecting »Year« (TYER) between 1960 and 1969 wouldn't help since the above song would never show up (being tagged 2006). Saving the value »1967« in TYER is not
an option, because it doesn't follow the standard and, besides, would make other software that uses the same tags unusable.TLAN
The TLAN tag holds (one or more) languages the song is sung in, using three-character codes according to ISO-639-2, i.e. »ger« for German or »eng« for English. There can be more
than one language specified, separated by a NULL byte, like when a song has mainly English lyrics plus some Italian parts (would be »eng(NULL)ita«).
It would be great to be able to access this tag via the database and have it displayed/searchable.
This way, one could easily come up with, say, a »German Rock« show selecting something like TLAN="ger", TCON contains "Rock", TORY between "1970" and "1979". Or maybe some French Chansons, by selecting for TCON="Chanson", TLAN conatins "fre".
All this would make SAM much more versatile and more up to what a broadcaster needs. Since SAM has a blindingly fast database and CAN be a nice »all-in-one solution«, I strongly feel all this should be done »in the core«, not by using a zillion external »helper« programs. Also, it could make for beautiful radio automation using PAL.
What do YOU think?