One of the great things about actual records is that they come with liner notes. I used to love taking a new album home and reading the sleeve from front to back, seeing who produced what, which musicians had featured on the tracks and in certain cases, what samples had been used. But with the onset of digital download platforms and streaming services, these intricate details have been lost. Should we as consumers be expecting more? We get the opinions of leading producers Ewan Pearson, Thomas Schumacher and Tobias Freund to see what they think.
When buying tracks on Beatport the only track data provided to you are the artists, remixers, labels, genre and, on occasion, vocalist. Nowhere can you see information about the producer, studio engineer or even information about who might have mastered the record. iTunes and Spotify fail even to list the affiliated label on their sites. Yet, as Ewan Pearson writes in Groove Magazine, "This information could easily be encoded into every MP3."