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How To Embed Metadata In Music Files And Why It's So Important [Video]

1Living as we now are in the digital age, it has become increasingly important for artists to attach metadata to their work, and by doing so providing key information like artist name, copyright holders, and contact info. Here we break down the fairly straightforward process of attaching this info to your music.

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Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix

In the digital age, metadata plays an increasingly important role in the music business.

Metadata used to be a term people heard in crime shows and movies that required someone sitting behind a computer telling the hero what to do next. Today, however, metadata matters to everyone uploading and sharing original content online.

To put it in the simplest terms, metadata is a set of data that describes and gives information about another set of data. Musicians use metadata in their song files to share their artist name, track title, album title, track position, copyright holders, and contact information.

Files without proper metadata are not harmful, per se, but they can restrict an artist’s ability to succeed. How can anyone reach you if they do not have the proper contact information? How do licensing teams know who to send checks to? How does anyone do anything with your music without it?

Adding metadata to your music is a fairly straightforward process. The video below, which is less than five minutes in length, tells you everything you need to know. Enjoy!

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