I noticed last night some changes to the Playlist feature. I assume this applies both to the DMP and the PWT, so I have put the topic here rather than in the DMP Forum. But I can’t test with the PWT, so if it doesn’t work, someone let us know. Thanks to the PSA team for these improvements!
– disc can be marked as CD, SACD, or HDCD
– album can be shared with the PSA Community
– typing track info works much better; one can tab between fields
I have shared three SACDs: the 2015 MOFI of Dylan’s John Wesley Harding; the Analogue Productions reissue of the Living Stereo Scheherazade; and Disc 1 of Mozart’s Symphonies 38-41 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. If anyone has these discs and has not previously played them (so they are not already in one’s Playlist), try them and see if they are automatically downloaded.
Since it’s now possible to share albums, it’s important to enter the data not only accurately but in the most useful way. The following occurred to me as I worked on the three albums mentioned above. If you disagree with these choices, speak up.
For albums that have been released multiple times, it’s probably a good idea to identify them in the title. So instead of just John Wesley Harding I put John Wesley Harding (MOFI 2015). In some cases it doesn’t matter, but in others there are bonus tracks or different cover art – the latter with the MOFI, for instance. Even if tracks and art are the same, people may own different versions and want to see which one is playing.
For classical albums, some people put the composer in the ‘Artist’ field. I don’t think this is a good idea (although I understand why it has been done). For a reference database, the ‘Artist’ entry should indicate, well, the artist. So in the album title I put the composer’s last name followed by a colon, e.g., Mozart: Symphonies 38-41, with the Artist as Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras.
Since screen real estate is limited, I think it’s OK to use sensible abbreviations in the Artist field for each track. I spelled out the details for the Mozart SACD at the top of the listing, but for individual tracks I put just “SCO / Mackerras”.