The original Release Date is what enables a DSP to appropriately catalogue a track or album and put them into chronological order in which they were released. The following dates can be communicated:
- For a Release
ReleaseDate– the date where the Release at hand has first been (or will be) been made available to the public in its current form, whether for physical or electronic/online distribution.
For the Beatles' "White Album" this would be "1968-11-22" (or "1968" if less precision is required).
OriginalReleaseDate– the date on which the collection of tracks for the Release (e.g. the equivalent physical album on vinyl) was or will be first made available for Usage.
In most cases this is the same as the
ReleaseDateand thus does not need to be replaces. However, if the an album is re-mastered then the
ReleaseDateof the re-mastered album would differ from the
OriginalReleaseDateof the original album.
The Beatles' "White Album" was a re-released on white vinyl in 1978; to accompany that Release with dates, one could set the
OriginalReleaseDateto 1968 and the
OriginalDigitalReleaseDate- the date on which the Release was or will be first made available in electronic/online format.
For the Beatles' "White Album" this would be "2010" (the year in which the Beatles were available through an on-line music shop for the first time.
- For a Sound Recording (or any other Resource) the same dates exists, alas the
OriginalDigitalReleaseDatehas been deprecated.
There are additional date fields that have been deprecated and should not be used any more:
OriginalDigitalReleaseDate(for Sound Recordings, Videos and other Resources).