Be it Hindustani or Carnatic, the following meta data is important to an Indian classical music connoisseur:
- For a composition, its:
- For an "album," its:
- Lead artists and their instruments (e.g., consider a jugalbandi)
- There are no genres corresponding to the carnatic and hindustani classical music forms.
- There are no text information frames for raga or tala. A common workaround employed by music publishers is to concatenate the song title, raga, and tala all into the TIT2 frame.
- There is no easy way to associate artists and the instruments they play.
- One mechanism is to use User defined text information frames a acceptable content syntax. However, there is no such common / acceptable syntax defined by anyone.
- Another mechanism would be to embed an XML document within the tag as suggested in the ID3 FAQ. There is no schema defined by any publisher yet. Further, such a mechanism needs to be supported by software which reads and writes tags including those which run on electronic entertainment devices.
- A third mechanism is to use standardized notation within existing frames. This is better than the former two.
- Meta data is available only for a subset of CDs. In some cases, information is incomplete or incorrect.
- Artists are not named consistently. For instance, there are "Mallikarjun Mansur," "Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur," and "Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur." The situation is worse for south Indian names with initials. Is it "M. S. Subbulakshmi," "MS Subbulakshmi," or "M S Subbulakshmi?"
- Compositions, ragas, and talas are not named consistently because no standard transliteration schema is followed. One has raga kaapi as well as kapi. Raga hamsadhvani, hamsadhwani, and hans dhwani. Tala aadi and adi. Tala roopaka and rupaka.
Till there is a common accepted mechanism individuals will continue to use their own notations and mechanisms to mange their Indian classical music collection.