Official genres?

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    OrangeCuse44

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    The one thing that bugs me about iTunes store is genre tagging of bands. I feel like everything is "Alternative." Being that I'm OCD when it comes to my iTunes, I was wondering if there are official genres for bands. For example, Playradioplay! is Indietronic, not Alternative. Streetlight Manifesto is Ska, not Alternative. I guess what I'm looking for is maybe a database or something with more specific genre labeling for bands to better utilize Genius.
     
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    hollerz

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    Ask 10 different people the genre of a band and you'll probably get 5 or 6 different answers. I think when you get down to sub-genres and sub-sub-genres it can get quite subjective, so I find it's best to just use your own. :) I know this doesn't help :p
     
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    OrangeCuse44

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    Unfortunately, that is what I figured and what I have been doing. Thanks.
     
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    I've been using the genre and styles listed on www.allmusic.com when importing my own CDs (or when the iTunes tags are "wrong").
     
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    OrangeCuse44

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    Wow, that's great! Thanks for the link.
     
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    dXTC

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    Agreed. And artist don't like being pigeonholed, so they'll cross subgenres in the same album. I usually re-genre a CD before I import it (after correcting the inevitable typos in the song titles).
     
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    synth3tik

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    The problem is bands and artist want their own genre. It's cooler to start your own genre. However this leads to just a stupid mess of "Sub-genres". Like you pointed out, that one band is Indietronic. What the hell is that?

    The genre game has been a huge problem in the electronic music scene for 15-20 years. Only lately does it seem like more conventional bands are starting to make new genres.

    Don't get me wrong I am somewhat OCD about genre tags too. However I think a more simplified streamline genre naming would be more beneficial for you. I mean if you have 10,000 songs and 800 genres that is going to be no help to you.
    Now as far as ska is concerned I would have to agree with you.
     
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    dXTC

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    You're preaching to the choir here. Case in point:
    • Progressive trance vs.
    • Melodic trance vs.
    • Epic trance vs.
    • Anthem trance...
    Yikes. And this, from a guy who still likes trance.
     
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    fully agreed with you. Years back I used to spin Trance along with a couple other styles. Progressive Trance makes sense, as most trance is repetitive and non evolving. Anthem trance though... That's just as bad as "ballad Rock" although I have never hear of ballad rock, thank god. An anthem is a song structure, not a style.
     

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