Optimizing your MP3 FILES
Think of the phrase Pump It Up! and see in your mind’s eye an image of someone inflating a tire.
The width of the tire represents how much you do or do not ‘pack’ as much relevant information into your #1 photos, #2 post/blog content; #3 MP3 files and #4 online sites where you post your songs. I could have used a fitness analogy but I want to use the tire/wheel for when I talk about branding in a future post. For the second of these posts in the PUMP IT UP series, I want to focus on #3 MP3 files. Let’s assume you have you mastered WAV file.
To check the ISRC code is embedded in your WAV file, use Sonoris ISRC Editor.
Download and browse to your WAV file (see slideshow below). When you click on your file, the ISRC code should appear. Now import your WAV file to iTunes and create a 320 kbps version as per your custom preferences/settings. iTunes does offer ID3 tagging but ISRC codes are not mentioned. Therefore, download a third party ID3 tag editor such as that offered by PA Software.
The interface is friendly and ensures all ID3 versions are covered. This is how it looks when you first bring in your song (see slideshow below). The ISRC field is located on the extended tab. Complete all fields and use the Comment box to the full. Ensure anyone can contact you the first time around: maximize your opportunities. You’ll see two buttons for ‘Picture’ and ‘Lyrics’. I added the cover artwork with 1600 x 1600 dimensions (Bandcamp) but 700 x 700 is fine.
Take one last look at your file’s metadata to be sure you have input all the metadata: artwork, lyrics, main metadata and your ISRC code.
And there you have it, one pumped-up MP3 bulging at the seams!
There are very few blogs out there that truly roll their sleeves up and ‘literally’ tell you what you’re expected to provide and how to provide it. Although I store all the articles I read, there are a few I always come back to which I’ll no doubt be mentioning at some point here on Mind The Music Gap . For this particular post, Sentric’s blog ‘7 Steps to Metadata Heaven’ is one such article. It is a few years old but still very much relevant today as it is from the perspective of the company representing you to sync contacts.
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