Part 3: Basic Audio profile

The purpose of the Basic Audio profile is to enable licensees to report to licensors information regarding the level of sales/usage generated from the digital music services, that are purely audio or music video services. The current Part 3 is in version 1.3, the text of which is available here.

What business models does it cover?

This profile accommodates all the various business models that exist for purely music and music video services.

The different use types covered include:

  • Download: permanent download, tethered download;

  • Streaming: on-demand stream, time-influenced stream, content-influenced stream; and

  • Music used as ringtone or as ringback tone.

These use types can then be combined by commercial model types such as PayAsYouGoModel, SubscriptionModel or AdSupportedModel.

The Basic Audio profile is available as an MRBV and an SRBV. The MRBV is the recommended default variant to implement.

How is an MRBV report structured?

The MRBV of the Basic Audio profile has the following structure:

  • A header that contains general information such as the names of the sender and recipient of the message. The header is the same for all DSR profiles in both the MRBV and SRBV configurations;

  • A summary record for each sales context, which provides the parameters of the sales context, as well as summary information that allows the recipient of the sales/usage report to get an overview of the content of the message;

  • Blocks of detailed information about the releases, resources and musical works used and the sales/usage information related to them:

    • Each block contains all the information that is needed to process the sales/usage of a particular release, resource and the musical work contained in them, once the block has been ingested without having to ingest the whole message first;

    • The block can be reported at release level or resource level, depending on the business model;

    • Each sales/usage line points to a summary line detailing the sales context; and

  • A footer that contains check data about the individual report such as the number of records that are included. The footer is the same for all MRBV DSR profiles.

How is an SRBV report structured?

The SRBV for the Basic Audio profile has the following structure:

  • A DSR header;

  • A set of summary records;

  • A set of records containing information about the releases, resources, musical works used and the sales/usage information related to them; and

  • A SRBV-specific footer.