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A Plea To Podcasters

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Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

The following is a Public Service Announcement.

For the love of God, please write the IDv3 tags for your files consistently! It is driving me absolutely nuts going through and correcting your tags by hand every time I download one of your files. I know that it might seem that the tags exist for your amusement, but their purpose is to allow the listener to organize the files they receive from you! Using a different artist or album tag for every podcast, or filling the tags with little jokes does not help your listener at all.

“But, Dan, can’t my listeners just keep track of the folder they put the files in?”

Oh, I suppose except that does no good for the people using MP3 players that build their databases based off of the IDv3 tag information (iPod, iRiver, Creative and every other hard-disk player), or anyone using a library-based software to play music on their computer, (WMP, Winamp, iTunes, musikCube, amaroK, MusicMatch, the list goes on) which anyone in their right mind should switch to right now and make their lives easier.

I have several podcasts that I listen to regularly that manage to do this, please try to follow in their example. Thanks.

This concludes the Public Service Announcement.


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