More Questions AnsweredJuly 2nd, 2009 by Phil Johnson
Public Interactive and the CPB recently met with SoundExchange to clarify a few outstanding and quite frequently asked questions about SoundExchange reporting. A number of these were related to reporting on classical music. Here are some answers:
Q: Classical recordings often don’t have album titles. What should we report in those cases?
A: Report whatever title is on the physical CD or album from which it came (i.e. what’s on the spine). Whatever it says there is what is to be reported.
Q: How are we supposed to report song titles for classical pieces? Is a Beethoven symphony 4 tracks or 1?
A: However the label divides up the album tracks, that’s what to go on. So, if they split a Beethoven symphony into four tracks, each one is to be reported as a separate song title.
Q: What does “artist” mean for a classical performance? Is this the composer?
A: For classical music the Featured Artist/Group/Orchestra should be the soloist, orchestra or conductor that is featured prominently on the album.
In addition, many stations still have questions about the specific data that Public Interactive needs to collect in order to generate SoundExchange compliant reports. Here are a couple of the most popular and my answers:
Q: What pieces of information about songs do we need to track and report to Public Interactive for SoundExchange reporting?
A: For each song played on each stream, please provide the following data:
- Song title
- Featured artist/group/orchestra
- Album title
- Marketing label
- Start date and time of song play
- End date and time of play or duration of song
Q: Why does Public Interactive need to know the start times and end times or duration of each song?
A: Start and end times/duration are needed to calculate (1) the number of people who heard a given song (in order to match song play time with stream access during that time from your streaming logs) and (2) your station’s music Aggregate Tuning Hours (music ATH), which is the total hours of music streamed times the number of people listening at the time music was played.
Q: What type of data should be included in raw streaming logs?
A: Usually stations don’t have control over what is logged by their streaming server. In general, most streaming server applications (e.g. Shoutcast, Icecast) log similar information. Basically, in order to create SX-compliant reports Public Interactive needs raw streaming access logs that capture the following information:
- IP Address of requester (for filtering our requests from outside the United States)
- URL requested
- Status of request
- Start date and time of request
- End date and time or duration or request
Q: Why does Public Interactive need to know the IP address of users accessing our streams?
A: SoundExchange pays royalties based on music streamed to listeners in the United States. They have asked us to filter out requests from users outside of the country. In order to do this (as best as possible) PI needs to know the user’s IP address.
I have updated the FAQ page on this site to include all of these new questions and answers.
Please keep those questions coming!