Good news for Classic Tagger users

What started out as a joking suggestion has actually extended the life of the Classic Tagger! 🙂

One jokester at the recent summit suggested that we return random TRM values (as opposed to matched acoustic fingerprint ids) and just switch the TRM server off. Turns out, that suggestion was actually brilliant!

Doing this essentially makes every TRM lookup return “I don’t know this one”. But in that case the MusicBrainz server falls back to doing a metadata match (without the acoustic fingerprint). And it turns out that works pretty well all around! And I think some people may prefer this method, since you won’t have to clear up TRM collisions anymore.

So, what does mean for when we switch off the TRM server? The Classic Tagger lives on and may match fewer files than before — life may actually be better once we shut it off! But I think that many people will find it useful still.


4 thoughts on “Good news for Classic Tagger users”

  1. This is going to confuse users into thnking musicbrainz is broken, also affects other taggers such as ieatbrainz.

  2. Oh well; TRM is already fundamentally broken – maybe it’ll make people switch to PUID-based systems. :]

  3. Clarifying my above comment coz it could be misunderstood. Its a good thing that trm has been dropped for the infinitely better puids I just think it would be better if this change could be properly communicated to users of the broken taggers , rather than letting their tagger continue to work in a limited fashion without them realising what has happened.

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