Back in prehistoric times, MusicBrainz used to use an automated script for matching releases to Amazon’s ASINs. But quickly people interjected and demanded to be able to use ARs to associate ASINs to releases. So, we added support for using ARs, but we never got rid of the old system and that has caused a few bugs over time.
I’ve written a script that takes the first step in removing the old amazon ASINs and converts them to AR links. I’ve run this script on my test server musicbrainz.homeip.net — please go to that server and pick your favorite ASIN screw up and let me know if its working.
If this script turns out to work well, I can run it on the main server later this week in order to remove these pesky ASIN issues.
UPDATE: This script has been run on the main server and all Amazon ASINs should now be user editable. No new links have been generated — we’ve only converted old style ASIN matches to ARs so that our editors can make changes.