While I don’t have the talent or motivation to follow through on this idea, I thought it was worth sharing. Would it make sense to have an album file format that served as a container for individual songs?
I imagine some of the following features:
- A container file, similar to ZIP or TAR (compression probably not necessary, since most music files are compressed)
- Contains album metadata
- Liner notes
- Web links
- Cover art (in a standard format accessible to player apps)
- Song order listing
- Contains the songs files (perhaps format agnostic? Could contains MP3s, Ogg, ACC, etc.) rather than just linking to a song, as a playlist does
This would purely be a matter of convenience, as all of this functionality is technically available now through playlists and folders. I might also comfort some artists who are concerned about the single-based bias (as opposed to full albums) of music online.