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The DDEX message to communicate details about a release and its availability is the NewReleaseMessage defined in the Electronic Release Notification Message Suite Standard (often referred to as "ERN").

The NewReleaseMessage is the industry standard mechanism to allow content owners to inform DSPs about new releases that are available for distribution, and the terms and conditions under which releases can be made available. It includes complete metadata about the release and all resources contained within the release. In addition, it includes deals that describe when, where and how the release can be made available.

The image on the right depicts the structure of an ERN message in the ERN-3 standard. The latest version, ERN-4 is similar, but is extended by a Party section that allows communicating all necessary metadata about musicians, writers and other people groups and companies.

The latest version of this standard is available from Implementing Release Deliveries, profiles of the Electronic Release Notification Message Suite Standard are available from the same location.

The NewReleaseMessage is a XML specification defined and maintained by DDEX. The NewReleaseMessage consists of five individual sections of message and metadata elements that are interrelated. All together they make up the NewReleaseMessage. A NewReleaseMessage will contain the details for an individual product (e.g. album, single, bundle) and each of its components (e.g. tracks). The message will not contain multiple products, related or non-related.

The elements of the NewReleaseMessage are described in the following subsections:

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  1. Anonymous

    the formation of the folder on the sftp server has a format that requires the release_id, release_id has to be unique but would that be given by DDEX or the user has to define?

    1. DDEX does not provide identifiers for Releases or Resources. Those would typically be allocated by the record company releasing the Release/Resource.