User:LordSputnik/Recording Use Cases
This pages summarises all of the things people want to be able to use recordings for. Any proposal to replace the recordings system should fulfil as many of these use cases as possible.
Distinguish Between Unique Audio
Editors would like to be able to distinguish between two recordings with different audio. There are varying definitions of "different audio", ranging from bit-by-bit different to just sounding similar.
Distinguish Between Differently Mastered Audio
Editors want to be able to tell which track uses which particular mastering of a song, and browse all of the documented masters and remasters of a particular song. This could include remasters and also analogue and digital masters.
Identify Different Mixes of a Performance
Editors would like to group recordings based on the particular mix of a song that they use. They would like to be able to attach performance relationships to a single entity and have it apply to many tracks.
Distinguish Between Mixes With Different Numbers of Audio Channels
This is really an extension of different mixes of a performance. Editors would like to be able to tell the number of channels present on a track.
Editors would like to be able to view releases which have recordings in common, much like tracklists in the current system.
- monxton: 
...that people would like, but aren't "use cases" as such:
- Sharing of performance relationships between recordings. 
- Relate AcoustIDs to specific appearances of recordings on releases, instead of just to the recording.