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ID3 Tags – How they work and why they are important

Ever wonder why your songs appear simply as “Track 1” or “Track 2” instead of the actual name of the song when you are uploading tracks to your various profiles? How can you get credit for your great music when promoters or radio stations don’t know the name of your songs or even worse if your name shows up as “Unknown Artist”?

To make sure you get credit where credit is due you will need to know about a technology called ID3 tagging. ID3 tagging is the process of labeling mp3 files so that all of the pertinent information for your music will appear automatically whenever you are sharing your files. This means that the title, artist, album, track number, etc. will be stored right in the file. If you are uploading music to Ipo Radio you will need to have all this information in your mp3 file in order for us to play them. If you have ever uploaded music and your music comes up with some strange photo or the link goes to a different band this is why. You have incorrect id3 tags.

To manually edit your ID3 tags all you need to do is follow the steps below based on the media player that you use to manage your files:

 

    • In iTunes, right-click (or ctrl-click if you’re using a Mac) on your song, and choose “Get Info.” Here, click on the “Info” tab to edit your song tags.

 

    • In Windows Media Player, right-click on your song, and choose “Edit” to edit the title. Choose “Advanced Tag Editor” to edit songwriter and other information.

 

    • In Winamp, right-click on your song, and choose “View File Info.”

 

Make sure that you fill out all of the appropriate fields and save the changes when you are done, the more information the better. When you are done editing your ID3 tags you will be set to upload and share your files anywhere or use them to replace songs that previously appeared as “Track 1” or “Track 2.”

ID3 tagging is especially important when submitting to gigs or radio stations since some promoters download songs to review or share with their judges and if they find themselves listening to “Track 3” by “Unknown Artist” it may not go well for your submission. We want to make sure that all of our artists succeed in delivering accurate and professional information to promoters is certainly a step in the right direction.

 

We suggest that you use this software to fix and correctly do your ID3 tags

Download MP3tag Here http://www.mp3tag.de/en/download.html

Mp3Tag Website http://www.mp3tag.de/en/index.html

Here is a great Tutorial from our friend at BeatStruggles.com

He also made a great video