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Re: [podcasters] What other podcatchers screw with ID3 tags?

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  • Russell S. Holliman
    myPodder was originally written to change ID3 tags ala iTunes only if all of them were blank. We felt that having nothing at all was not a good user
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      myPodder was originally written to change ID3 tags "ala iTunes" only if all
      of them were blank. We felt that having nothing at all was not a good user
      experience, but if the author put something in the tags then they should be
      left alone.

      On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 3:03 PM, Nobilis <authornobilis@...> wrote:

      > I checked it out in Ziepod, and while it didn't have any tags that
      > were changed, many of the fields for tags in ID3-TagIt 3 were blank.
      > None of them were anything I really cared about for podcasts, though.
      >
      >
      > On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 2:58 PM, Evo Terra <thisisevo@...<thisisevo%40gmail.com>>
      > wrote:
      > > Gang,
      > >
      > > We all know that iTunes (and specifically iTunes 8) takes some liberty
      > > with ID3 tags, overwriting some with information found in the RSS
      > > feed. For those new to this concept:
      > >
      > > * NAME/TITLE tag is replaced with with the <title> tag inside of the
      > > <item> element. For many of us, that's the title of the blog post.
      > > * ALBUM tag is replaced with the <title> tag inside of the <channel>
      > > element. For man of us, that's the title of our blog.
      > > * GENRE is replaced with "Podcast".
      > > * YEAR is replaced with the current year. I assume this is based on
      > > download date.
      > > * The filename is rewritten by concatenating the elements above, but
      > > with the track # from your ID3 tag in the middle. Sort of.
      > >
      > > To test this, I uploaded an MP3 file, tagged with a special indicator
      > > (ID3:) on all ID3 tags I could find inside of ID3X. I then uploaded
      > > the file to a special RSS feed, where the channel elements were tagged
      > > with CHANNEL: and the item elements tagged with ITEM:. I subscribe to
      > > the feed in iTunes and registered the changes you see above on the
      > > fetched MP3 file.
      > >
      > > I wonder what other podcatchers are doing? Knowing to trust the power
      > > of the crowd, I figure the best thing to do is let you test the feed
      > > and file I uploaded on your podcatcher of choice.
      > >
      > > http://testingitunes.podiobooks.libsynpro.com/rss
      > >
      > > Why am I raising your attention to this? Because we all need to know
      > > what's happening. These ID3 tags impact how people find our episodes
      > > on their devices. Oh, and all to many podcasters don't pay a nickels
      > > worth of attention to their ID3 tag, which disturbs me.
      > >
      > > So for those that do care, subscribe to the link above with your
      > > podcatcher and let us know what is changed. You can also use it to see
      > > what elements of your modified ID3 tags (or something else) are used
      > > to display the episode on various MP3 players. Handy. I rule.
      > >
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