• JT_X over 8 years ago

    Those who are familiar with the larger Christian music labels may have seen the six-character genre codes that are placed near their barcodes. These codes are created and tracked by the Christian Music Trade Association (http://www.cmta.com/ ) to help retail personnel sort releases. As these codes can help identify a release, I would suggest that they should be eligible as BAOIs (barcodes and other identifiers).

    The CMTA hosts a list of all the codes here: http://www.cmta.com/page2i.htm (Word file—sorry)

    Some example CMTA codes I’ve got handy and their meanings:

    Joy Electric - The Magic Of Christmas: CSAMXX = Christmas, Alternative/Modern
    The Echoing Green - Supernova: AMAMXX = Alternative/Modern, Alternative/Modern
    Code Of Ethics - Blaze: DAPWXX = Dance, Praise & Worship
    Newsboys: Devotion (not in db): CPMWXX = Contemporary/Pop, Modern Worship
    Andy Hunter°* - Exodus: DAMWXX = Dance, Modern Worship

    Since these codes are often wildly inaccurate, I’m not suggesting that they be used authoritatively for selecting style or genre.

    I propose that those of us who submit these releases should add the CMTA code as BAOIs, and that we list them as “CMTA”, “CMTA Code”, or “CMTA Genre Code”.

    More info:
    Christian Soundscan Retail FAQ: http://www.cmta.com/retailfaq.htm
    Christian Soundscan Record Label FAQ: http://www.cmta.com/labelfaq.htm
    Benefits for Retail: http://www.cmta.com/retail.htm

    Many pre-2000 Christian releases carried proprietary “SPCN” (Standard/Special (?) Product Code Number) codes before the CMTA moved to standard UPC barcodes for all inventory tracking. The reasons for retiring SPCNs and moving to UPCs are spelled out here: http://www.cmta.com/upc2.htm . I would suggest that these SPCNs be listed as BAOIs as well whenever they are encountered, e.g. Scott Blackwell - Walk On The Wild Side

    I’d be willing to write up some material for the wiki to support this proposal, including all the CMTA genre codes. The CMTA web site apparently hasn’t been updated since 2007, so I’d be interested in preserving their data in case their site disappears. Also, their site is disorganized and doesn’t have the genre codes in a browser-readable format.
  • pastysurprise over 8 years ago

    ... FROM DOC FILE:
    6 Character Identifier – to be printed in the upper right hand corner of the white area of the bar code (UPC):
    Characters 1-2 Main Category Alpha
    Characters 3-4 Sub Category Alpha
    Characters 5-6 Theme Alpha

    BAOI fields seem perfectly suited to this. As long as the codes are printed on the releases, it makes sense to transcribe them into BAOI fields.

    These seem similar to distribution codes, except of course the content has a different specific use. There must be many large retailers who employ such schemes. One problem I can foresee is that there might be versions of the same title without such codes. That would raise the issue of whether having a code or not means a separate unique release exists.

    Example: if a Walmart music supplier prints a run of CDs titles for distribution exclusively at Walmart, will they have the code? If independent stores carry the title, will they have that same code, or have any code at all?

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    nik over 8 years ago

    You could start a page on the Wiki http://wiki.discogs.com/index.php/Main_Page regarding this.
  • JT_X over 8 years ago

    pastysurprise
    These seem similar to distribution codes, except of course the content has a different specific use. There must be many large retailers who employ such schemes. One problem I can foresee is that there might be versions of the same title without such codes. That would raise the issue of whether having a code or not means a separate unique release exists.

    Example: if a Walmart music supplier prints a run of CDs titles for distribution exclusively at Walmart, will they have the code? If independent stores carry the title, will they have that same code, or have any code at all?

    It wouldn't really present a problem, since tracking variations is a big part of what discogs does. Including these codes on submissions would help identify unique releases, if there were a case where one version had the code and another didn't.

    From my experience, runs are usually small so there aren't too many variations. Walmart probably has no use for such codes, while smaller stores are the main reason the codes exist in the first place.

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