I have been going through my collection and adding each "album type"
It is something that only Helium has, which I appreciate very much.
But looking at the choices there seems to be a conflation between Release Types and Format.
While I do not consider myself an expert in this by any means, these are my rules of thumb:
Album(LP) Typical Collection of song from same artist 8+ songs or 45+ minutes
Album(EP) Extended Play 1-7 songs or under 45 minutes
Maxi(CDM) 3-6 songs usually with alternate versions from same artist
Single(CDS) 1-4 songs from same artist Or any number of multiple versions of the same song
Anthology Collection of Songs from same artist taken from previous albums (Greatest Hits, Best Of, Anthology, etc)
Live Official release of songs/performance from Live events
Bootleg Unofficial release of songs/performance usually of live events
Soundtrack Collection of songs found within a movie
Compilation Collection of songs from a variety of artists usually centered around a theme (a sound track is technically a compilation)
AudioBook Recording of a reading of literature
Vinyl 33 , vinyl 45, vinyl 78
8-Track or CART
Reel to Reel
CD or SACD
So all that to request a separation between Release Types and Media Types
Thank you for your consideration.
It is not necessarily a "problem".
I was making a suggestion that perhaps it would be beneficial if there was a separation between release type and media type. After all you can have an album released on Vinyl, Cassette, CD, SACD, DVD
(I work for a group of radio stations and it is surprising how much stuff we have on reel to reel)
But that's what the existing tag "media type" is for. Did you miss it or do I still miss something?
Apparently I have missed it entirely. I do not see it anywhere in the editor or the advanced editor.
There is a field called "media" Is that to which you are referring?
Then perhaps it would be beneficial to remove selections like DVD, Projects, etc from the Release type selection
Media is a standard tag-field, TMED: (from id3.org)
The 'Media type' frame describes from which media the sound originated. This may be a text string or a reference to the redefined media types found in the list below.
Examples, CD, DVD, Laser Disc, VHS etc.
Release type is ment to be used to describe a specific release, just as Patrick metioned above.
(EP, Maxi, Compilation, Bootleg etc)
So it's really up to the user that tags to take care of the prefered separation of media and release type fields (or only use one of the fields)
Therefore it seems llike no additional features needs to be added.