Evidently a lot of artists don’t know how to tag their audio files. Otherwise we’d never have to listen to ‘Track 01’ by ‘Unknown’ playing on the radio below. Then again, many artists don’t even bother naming their files… at all… so maybe too many artists are just plain lazy.
How do you expect anybody to know anything about you?
You gotta name and tag your files correctly. Or nobody will know who you are.
MacMoney‘s probably the only guy in the business, anywhere, who’s willing to work with unnamed and untagged files. I mean, he’s doing his best to look out for everybody… but his patience (and time) is running thin.
So let me help you out.
How to Name and Tag Your Music Files
Tags (specifically ID3 tags) hold the metadata about your file. Metadata is the vital information associated with your song:
- song title
- album title
- release year
- track number
- album art
Metadata provides the information displayed in Hear It Nation’s radio player below. Same goes everywhere else.
Spotify, Deezer, Last.fm, iTunes, Pandora, Google Play and so many more, all aggregate metadata (information about your music) from a variety of third party databases and usually share that data with countless other web applications too. This means that by correctly identifying your music, proper ID3 tags increase the number of places your music can be found by magnitudes.
Tags are that important.
Fwiw… WAV files do not have tags. WMA, OGG, AAC and FLAC all use different tagging standards. But most submissions are done via mp3, so you gotta know how to tag ’em.
First, label your files like this:
Artist Name-Track Name-(Mix).mp3
example: Eminem-RapGod-(Radio Edit).mp3
Artist Name-Track Name-(Mix/RemixerName).mp3
Album Folder (multiple tracks):
Artist Name-Album Name
Now go download one of the recommended ID3 tag editors here: Free Tools for Editing Song Information.
Open your mp3 files with your chosen editor and fill in as much as you can! The more information about you and your music available, the more likely it is that people discover your music.