My 2006 paper on “MusicXML in Commercial Applications“, published in Music Analysis East and West, is now available online. This gives a scholarly summary of MusicXML practice in the music industry as of four years ago.
It is interesting to see what has changed and what has stayed the same. MusicXML has moved from version 1.1 to 2.0, and the number of supporting applications has grown from over 50 to over 120. MusicXML’s role in music distribution has started to grow – see our list of MusicXML sites – but the format still is mostly used for interchange rather than distribution. That is something I hope we address in our work at Recordare this year.