The Digital Data Exchange, LLC (DDEX) has, in the past defined a series of message suite standards to make the communication of information along the digital music delivery chain more efficient. As part of these message is the communication of Release details, including information about their parts, i.e. Resources (such as SoundRecording or Videos) and, in some circumstances also Musical Works.
Such descriptions can, however, vary between different uses. For instance describing a Release that contains a single video ringtone track would differ greatly from a Release representing a digital equivalent of a 10-track pop album with previews. Similarly the commercial information regarding a subscription ringtone differs from commercial information regarding a pay-as-you go download.
In order to aid companies that only wish to communicate a small subset of the types of products that the “full” DDEX standards allow DDEX has developed a series of “profiles”. These profiles come in two flavours. Firstly “Release Profiles” that define subsets of Releases to be communicated along the music delivery chain and, secondly, “Business Profiles” that define subsets of the commercial information governing the distribution of Releases.
This standard defines a set of seven Business Profiles that define how to use the Electronic Release Notification Message Suite Standard to express the most common types of Release offers.
The full set of Release and Business Profiles is available from http://ddex.net. Any organisation wishing to implement this (or any other DDEX Standard) is required to apply for an Implementation Licence. The terms of the licence and an application form can be found at http://ddex.net/implementing-ddex-standards.