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Why Is Song Metadata Important?

View, add, or edit metadata to make it easier to organize

Music services such as iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify make it easy to create and organize a music library of your favorite songs. Each song in the library contains music metadata that categorizes information about song titles, genres, release dates, and more. Learn more about viewing and editing music metadata.

This article provides an example of viewing and editing music metadata using iTunes and Apple Music. These processes are similar for other music services such as Spotify.

What is music metadata?

Music metadata, also known as ID3 tags, is a container that contains metadata information. These tags include data such as song title, artist, original album, track number, genre, songwriter credits, and more.

Metadata works when you search for songs on services such as Spotify and Pandora, when you see recommended songs, or when a record company pays an artist, to name a few.

ID3 tags technically refer to MP3 file metadata, but other music files such as AAC, WMA, and Ogg Vorbis also have meta tags.

Viewing and editing music metadata in iTunes and Apple Music

iTunes music metadata must be correct. If you notice the wrong album title or other error, or if you want to rip a CD in iTunes to add metadata, here’s how to view and edit the metadata.

If you have an iTunes library and a Mac with macOS Catalina (10.15) or later, view the iTunes media library in the Apple Music app. Use iTunes on older versions of macOS or Windows computers.

Back up your iTunes or Apple Music library before changing the metadata.

Open iTunes or Apple Music and go to your music library.

Right-click (or Ctrl-click) the track name to Song information Also Get information..

Right-click (or Ctrl-click) the track name to[曲情報]or[情報を見る]Choose.

When retail View or edit tabs, song titles, artists, albums, composers, genres, and more.

[詳細]With the tab selected, the song title, artist, album, composer, genre, etc. are displayed.

go to artwork Click the tab to display the album cover. Select if you want to replace it with another image for some reason. Add a photo..

To Apple Music[画像を追加]button

go to words Click the tab to see the lyrics of the song. Otherwise, you can select and add lyrics. Special lyrics..

Apple Music Custom Lyrics Options

go to Selection Click the tab to view or edit the media type with which the article is associated.For example, if the podcast is labeled incorrectly musicChange to Digital audio file.. View or edit song start and end times, volume, and other details.

[オプション]Select a tab to view or change the media type with which the part is associated.

go to Placement To see how iTunes ranks your songs, go to that tab. If there are any errors, please correct the information here.

[並べ替え]Select a tab to see how iTunes sorts this song.

go to case Click the tab to see where the part files are stored on your computer.

[ファイル]Select the tab to see where the part files are stored on your computer.

Viewing and editing metadata from other sources

If your music library consists of songs from sources other than iTunes or Apple Music, especially unofficial sources, you won’t be able to get the required metadata and artwork. Transferring music between file formats can also result in loss of metadata.

Adding metadata to these music files makes it easier to organize and filter your files. To do this, use the MP3 tag editor, or an editor that covers multiple file formats such as FLAC, OGG, M4A, WMA, WAV.

Popular options include MusicBrainz Picard, MP3Tag, TigoTago, MusicTag, and Kid3 to convert music files to other formats.


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Why Is Song Metadata Important?

View, add, or change your metadata for better organization

Music services like iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify make it easy to create and organize music libraries of your favorite songs. Each song in your library has music metadata, which categorizes information about the song’s title, genre, when it was released, and more. Here’s a deeper look at how to view and edit music metadata.

This article uses iTunes and Apple Music to give examples of viewing and editing music metadata. These processes are similar on other music services, such as Spotify.
What Is Music Metadata?

Music metadata is also referred to as ID3 tags, which are the containers that hold metadata information. These tags hold data such as a song’s title, artist, the album it came from, track number, genres, songwriter credits, and more.

Metadata is at work whenever you search for a song on services like Spotify or Pandora, when a recommended song pops up for you, or when a record label pays an artist royalties, to name a few examples.

ID3 tags technically refer to MP3 file metadata, but other music files, such as AAC, WMA, and Ogg Vorbis, also have metatags.
View and Change Music Metadata in iTunes and Apple Music

The music metadata in iTunes should be correct. If you notice an incorrect album title or other error, or if you’re copying CDs into iTunes and want to add metadata, here’s how to view and edit the metadata.

If you have an iTunes library and a Mac with macOS Catalina (10.15) or later, view your iTunes media library in the Apple Music app. With older macOS versions or Windows computers, use iTunes.

Back up your iTunes or Apple Music library before making any metadata changes.

Open iTunes or Apple Music and go to your music library.

Right-click (or Control-click) a track name and select Song Info or Get Info.

With the Detail tab selected, view or change the song title, artist, album, composer, genre, and more.

Go to the Artwork tab to see the album’s cover art. If, for some reason, you want to replace it with a different picture, select Add Artwork.

Go to the Lyrics tab to view the song’s lyrics. If there aren’t any, you can add lyrics by selecting Custom Lyrics.

Go to the Options tab to view or change the type of media the track is associated with. For example, if a podcast is incorrectly labeled Music, change it to Podcast. View or change the song’s start and end times, volume, and other details.

Go to the Sorting tab to see how iTunes sorts the song. If there are any mistakes, adjust the information here.

Go to the File tab to see where the track file is stored on your computer.

View and Change Metadata From Other Sources

If your music library consists of songs obtained from sources other than iTunes or Apple Music, particularly unofficial sources, you won’t have the metadata and artwork you may want. Metadata also may have been lost when you transferred music between file formats.

Adding metadata to these types of music files makes the files easier to organize and filter. To do this, use an MP3 tag editor or an editor that covers multiple file formats, including FLAC, OGG, M4A, WMA, and WAV.

Popular choices include MusicBrainz Picard, MP3Tag, TigoTago, MusicTag, and Kid3, which also converts music files into other formats.

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