music_note As a general rule, Indian movies can never make it big unless it has an awesome soundtrack. (Ok, for argument’s sake, I know there are some real good movies out there that have hardly anything to show in the name of a soundtrack, but that’s only been true in the last couple of years!) Like quite a few others of my breed in India, my music collection has been devoted to Soundtracks made in Kollywood, Mollywood and every other Desi-wood movie out there. In fact, I’m pretty sure that at least 90% of my music collection is Soundtracks!!

When I listen to my music, I generally can identify the composers fairly easily with their style (and obviously A. R. Rahman features way more often than others, but that is to be discussed another day) but not quite the singers of the song and when I listen to a good singer, I end up looking up the singer and finding other tracks that make or break my impressions of said person.

With the way ID3 tags have been developed over the years, the information stored is sorted by Album and Artist. Now, our Desi soundtracks are all generally composed by a “Music Director” who is the real Artist in question (well, according to me at least) and the singer is well, just that, the singer. So, I’ve always been divided over my own opinions of whether the “Artist” should be the Music Director or the singer should get the credit for that. Now, if I classify the Artist as the Music Director, then my media player on my pc AND my mp3 player will classify the whole album as done by one Artist, which makes it simpler to sort stuff out. But then comes the dilemma, where do I put down the names of the singers? Most mp3 players only recognize Song title, Album, Artist and Genre. I’ve tried getting it in the Title, and it works not bad until you get to a large group of singers and the mp3 player happily decides to shorten the title and make me mad!!! Now if I try to make the singers as the “Artists” then there is total chaos on how the music is organized, as each “Album” or movie is not classified as 4-5 different Albums because each has a different artist! And chaos ensues…

If there is anyone out there with a good solution to this problem, please help me out!!!

Until then I’ve got to say this (and sorry about the large font and the screaming)…

TAGGING INDIAN SOUNDTRACKS IS A NIGHTMARE!!!