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One of the crucial aspects of the MEAD standard is that it allows a record company to communicate an “impact date” (i.e. the date when a track started receiving a significant amount of airplay) to a DSP. Impact dates are especially useful for helping music discovery on smart speakers and other devices with no screen.

The impact date is communicated in the Usage composite as shown below:

<ResourceInformation>
  <ResourceSummary>
    <ResourceId>
      <ISRC>X56700002721</ISRC>
    </ResourceId>
  </ResourceSummary>

  <Usage>
    <MetadataSourceReference>U1</MetadataSourceReference>
    <UsageDate>1990-10-01</UsageDate>
    <Description>ImpactDate</Description>
  </Usage>
</ResourceInformation>

 

However, given the importance of the impact date, the impact date will be communicated in a separate ImpactDate composite, in the next version of the MEAD standard.

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