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Old Jun 14, 2012, 01:05 AM
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Using figures compiled from VGMdb, I looked to see how exactly how important Digital Releases are to the sum of music.

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Year   DR/Total Percent
2012* 218/1435  15.19%
2011  561/3365  16.67%
2010  408/3516  11.60%
2009  331/3406   9.72%
2008  330/2801  11.78%
2007  279/2368  11.78%
2006  149/2148   6.94%
2005   77/1746   4.41%
2004   42/1594   2.63%
2003   23/1224   1.88%
2002   19/ 964   1.97%

*(as of Jun 14, 2012)


While the increase is not overwhelming in the last few years, it's worth admiring. Now, there may be some skewed figures. This does not include albums which are not listed on VGMdb. Furthermore, the counts include Bootlegs (more prevalent on CD?), and everything else for that matter.

I thought it was interesting to look at on behalf of VGMdb. As everyone knows, in order to survive in the business world, you have to adapt and innovate with the times, and can't just catch up after everyone else has moved on. I've seen a lot of new practices with digital albums: Releases through multiple venues/publishers. Different versions that are similarly labeled. Tracks being added to albums at later times.

I think in the next few years, we'll have to change some fundamental aspects to not only adapt, but provide some interesting new forms of connectivity. Perhaps track lists that are directly linked to Bandcamp album RSS feeds. Maybe artist music pages that are integrated directly with Soundcloud or BandPage (Facebook). Twitter hashtag alerts for album updates from artist accounts could even happen. Then, whatever new trends and technology is poised for tomorrow, we can be on top of that too.

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Old Jun 14, 2012, 04:02 AM
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Perhaps track lists that are directly linked to Bandcamp album RSS feeds.

That's not always a good idea. There are some albums that give you more tracks than what are displayed on its page.
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Old Jun 14, 2012, 10:27 PM
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Perhaps track lists that are directly linked to Bandcamp album RSS feeds.

That's not always a good idea. There are some albums that give you more tracks than what are displayed on its page.
Worth noting. However, I'm merely listing examples of possible future changes. For one thing, programming can be used to filter RSS feed results. And who is to say the RSS functionality will even work the same down the road? Maybe RSS will be replaced with something completely different.
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Hence the "always".

It's a good way of finding out if the artist added free tracks to an album later on, at least. A valid source of data, but it shouldn't be a sole source of info.
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I partially agree with both Kaleb.G and Foxhack.

I agree with Kaleb.G on the facts that with digital releases we may need to change how we get the information from a source and that in a few years or whenever we may need to have some more intelligent code to get and show the information.

I agree with Foxhack that it may not always work out the way we want it to.

Off the top of my head would be
RSS integration into page
Twitter/Social media attachment to all artists mentioned, and only an aggregation of the tweets/mentions of that particular album
Attachment for aggregation from music labels to mention upcoming albums.
etc.
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