Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Naxos Music Library Introduces New Media Player

Naxos Music Library is excited to announce the  release of a brand new media player! Here she is: (drum roll please...)

Created in HTML5, this new player sidesteps limitations of the old Flash player and makes room for further growth in the future. So aside from the sleek new design, what exactly does the new player offer?
1. More mobile accessibility. HTML5 cooperates far better with mobile devices than Flash does. Is a mobile app not yet available for your tablet or phone? For most users, this new player will work through your main mobile internet connection—no app needed! Simply log in and access music on your mobile internet browser just as you would on your computer.

2. More track information. The HTML5 player displays more information for each track, allowing you to find just the one you need. This is especially helpful when streaming, say, a disc or playlist full of Vivaldi works where half the tracks are simply titled “Allegro.” Now track lists in the player will include the rest of the work title so you can quickly identify which of those Allegros is THE Allegro.

3. More flexibility in player size. Previously, the player stayed the same size no matter how you expanded the window. Now, the player design adjusts to better fit the size of the window.
The dirty details: Our new HTML5 player is supported in the following browser versions.  If you're not seeing the new player, it's likely you're running an older version of your browser.  A quick update should allow you to enjoy NML's new experience right away!
  • Windows XP, Vista 7, 8
    • IE 9.0 +
    • Firefox: 21.0 +
    • Chrome: 31.0 +
  • OS X 10.6+
    • Safari: 5 +
    • Firefox: 21.0 +
    • Chrome: 31.0 +
  • iOS 4.0+
    • Safari: Recent versions
    • Chrome: Recent versions
  • Android 3.0+
    • Default browser ("Internet"): Recent versions
    • Chrome: Recent versions
    • Firefox: Recent versions

Happier-than-ever listening!

Friday, January 17, 2014

MARC. XML Records Update - Q4 2013

The Naxos Music Library team is pleased to provide the next update to the NML MARC.XML file!  Based on the wonderful feedback from Lisa Peddey and others throughout the world, we've made some improvements to the records.  The full change-log appears below.

Naxos Music Library - MARC.XML Segmented by Month
One noteworthy change in data delivery is the way the records are now sorted.  Previously, the records were delivered by year.  Now, we're packaging the records by month by year.  This allows for easy catch-up or updating should you miss a portion of the files. 

Remember, each update arrives quarterly, so if you updated your records in October 2013, you'll want to import only the October, November, and December 2013 folders. 

Have specific questions not answered here, or feedback for a better experience?  Don't hesitate to contact us anytime!

MARC.XML Change-log
January 15, 2014

Added to All Records

260 – Added location and name of publisher

500 – Noted the media delivery mechanism (streaming music)
506 – Noted access restrictions (where applicable)
538 - Added mode of access
710 – Added corporate name

Added to Records Where Applicable
260 - $c  - Date of physical album release added if provided.  Any approximations are noted in square brackets
490 - $a – Denoted “NML” or “NML-Jazz”
700 - $a $c – Noted appropriate composer, performer, arranger, etc.

Removed or Changed For All Records
006 – Removed
007 – Removed
008 – Clarified field data
040 – Recoded
300 – Recoded

Modified or Adapted for All Records
UTF encoding changed from “utf=16” to “utf=8”
505 - $a – Added work timing information, adjusted data formatting
511 - $a – Entries with no attributed performer were corrected
700 - $a – Entries with no attributed person were corrected
803 - $a – Removed, replaced with 490 field
856 – White space/New line removed

Additional information about the MARC.XML project can be found anytime in our previous post.

Happy Updating!

Nick D'Angiolillo
Manager, Naxos Online Libraries
Naxos of America, Inc.
615.465.3836 (direct)

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