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SpinRightRound
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:54 am 
 

"Digital" is ambiguous.
CD, DVD, Blu-Ray are digital as well and it's not immediately obvious if "Digital" also includes them. There's also that ugly format called SACD, and it's not a valid choice in the album search, so it's even less obvious if "Digital" includes SACD.
"Digital" is used for web releases here (if I got that 100% right), and one can't download from the web something that's not digital anyway.
Therefore I propose replacing "Digital" with "Web". (or "Internet" if you wish).
What are possible drawbacks?

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Azmodes
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:51 am 
 

It's "digital" as opposed to "(on a )physical( medium)", not analog. I think it's quite obvious that that's what is meant, since we have separate categories for CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.

You can mention special formats like SACD in the version description (select "CD" as the main format, though; if it's something really exotic or unusual, use "Other").
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AddWittyUsername
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Joined: Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:40 pm
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:20 am 
 

Azmodes wrote:
It's "digital" as opposed to "(on a )physical( medium)", not analog. I think it's quite obvious that that's what is meant, since we have separate categories for CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.

You can mention special formats like SACD in the version description (select "CD" as the main format, though; if it's something really exotic or unusual, use "Other").

Perhaps slightly off-topic, but *should* SACD go under the CD format? The hybrid type make sense to list as CD to me as they can be played by a CD-player, but the non-hybrid SACDs aren't actually playable on a normal CD-player...

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OpsiusCato
Mexican Metal Inquisition

Joined: Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:42 am
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Location: Mexico
PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:55 pm 
 

AddWittyUsername wrote:
Azmodes wrote:
It's "digital" as opposed to "(on a )physical( medium)", not analog. I think it's quite obvious that that's what is meant, since we have separate categories for CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.

You can mention special formats like SACD in the version description (select "CD" as the main format, though; if it's something really exotic or unusual, use "Other").

Perhaps slightly off-topic, but *should* SACD go under the CD format? The hybrid type make sense to list as CD to me as they can be played by a CD-player, but the non-hybrid SACDs aren't actually playable on a normal CD-player...

It's still an audio compact disc, isn't it?
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AddWittyUsername
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:06 am 
 

OpsiusCato wrote:
It's still an audio compact disc, isn't it?

Fair enough. It's uncommon enough a format that I haven't had to deal with it on MA I think (or if I did, I don't remember), but seeing it mentioned had me think what it should be listed like, with CD being my first thought too but then I started doubting/overthinking it and I figured I might as well double-check.

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Verd
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Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:37 pm
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 2:35 pm 
 

No, "digital" in my view is definitely perfect. As Azmodes said, it's obvious that "digital" means "it's not a physical CD" or whatever, a tape, a vinyl. I mean, obvious to anyone. Special physical CDs can be specified in the notes etc.

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SpinRightRound
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:17 am 
 

AddWittyUsername wrote:
OpsiusCato wrote:
It's still an audio compact disc, isn't it?

Fair enough. It's uncommon enough a format that I haven't had to deal with it on MA I think (or if I did, I don't remember), but seeing it mentioned had me think what it should be listed like, with CD being my first thought too but then I started doubting/overthinking it and I figured I might as well double-check.

There were quite a few metal albums released on SACD. Mostly from relatively popular bands (Manowar for example). But this is, fortunately, nothing compared to other, more sensible formats.

And yes, SACDs (unless they are hybrid) normally cannot be played neither on a CD player, nor even a computer. Accidentally buying a SACD instead of a normal CD could be a complete failure.

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