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DM 2: Persistent Shadows mp3
Publisher: V Shane
by Christopher H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/08/2008 11:49:49

The Good: Your opinion of this track will depend somewhat on your opinion of this type of ambient music in general. There's a lot of repetition in this 8:33 track, but at the gaming table, that's okay, even useful, because it can set a tone without drawing a lot of attention to itself. This particular track, however, features a kind of "bouncy" loop that I actually find annoying instead of spooky, suspenseful, or enigmatic. Then, almost without warning, the "bouncy" loop gives way to something completely different and decidedly down-tempo. But then the bounce comes back after about a minute and a half. I've purchased all of the V Shane MP3s available through DTRPG/RPGNow, and I must admit that this is my least favorite of the entire menu. (My most favorite, if you're wondering, is Rumors Inn from the Enigmatic Quest "album.")

The Bad: Why can't this publisher encode consistent ID3 tags in these products? To date (September 8, 2008), there are three tracks in the DM series (DM 1: Watch Tower Awaits, DM 2: Persistent Shadows, and DM 3: Wetlands), and every single one of them has a different artist and album encoded in the ID3 tags. This track, which the product information calls "Watch Tower Awaits," is encoded with the title "WatchTowerAwaits" (no spaces), the artist "Sigil," and the album "Watch Tower Awaits." DM 2 is encoded with the title "Persistent_Shadows" (why the annoying and totally unnecessary underscore?), the artist "V Shane" (note the space), and the album "Dark Myth." DM 3, however, is encoded with the title "Wetlands," the artist "VShane" (note the lack of a space between V and S), and the album "Ruins of Dark Myth." These wide variations make it hard to locate the music in a large iTunes library, and they suggest a real sloppiness that's not evident in the music itself. Encoding ID3 tags properly is the easiest thing in the world to do, so publishers who want to sell MP3 download music should do it right, and do it right the first time.

Oh, and how about spelling the word "persistent" correctly in the product artwork, as it is in the product description? This is just another sloppy mistake that should have been avoided.

My Rating: If I were just rating the music itself, I'd give it 2-3 stars; if I were rating the production value of the MP3 as an MP3 file, I would give it 2 stars. So my 2-star rating is a combination of not liking the track very much and being annoyed by the ID3 issue.

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Creator Reply:
ID3 tags Well if you consider the distance in the dates between the songs were put out, and at the time unaware of the importance of such tags, you can kind of fathom the why. As far as Sigil, that was just a music ID I had been toying with for some time (just like the music I create outside of here is Vhee) AND taken into effect I just recently myself began using the MP3 libraries system for my portable (Zune-iPod what have you) and just now realising the importance of the ID3 tags. Where before I had not used them to any degree and had no idea of the consistancy issues that might entail in the future. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, your the first to mention it. I'll see what I can do to get these straightened out.
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