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Tagging Your Talk Show

Once you have converted your talk show into mp3, you are basically ready to share it with the rest of the world. But before you do, you can add a touch of professionalism by tagging it. MP3 supports ID3 tags, which allows you to provide some information about the show to your listeners.

The tool we use for tagging is called "ID3-TagIT". It is a freeware that runs on Microsoft Windows. You can download it from www.id3-tagit.de. There are many other similar tools out there, for various platforms such as Mac, Linux. etc. In the rest of this article we will use ID3-TagIT as example to add MP3 tags.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 2 Nov 2005 22:00:37 -0800

After installing ID3-TagIT, starting it is easy. You can start it from the Start menu as normal, or go to the directory that contains the MP3 files you want to tag. Right click on the directory and you'll see an example of the menu below. Click on ID3-TagIT on the menu to load up the program for that directory.

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Chieh Cheng
Wed, 2 Nov 2005 22:15:15 -0800

Once ID3-TagIT loads up, you will see a window like the one shown in the picture below. When you click on any of the filename in the center of the screen, the ID3 tags will show up in the "Quick Edit" section. For new MP3 files, all of the entries will be empty.

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Chieh Cheng
Wed, 2 Nov 2005 22:23:19 -0800

The Reality Talk Show crew uses five of the tags: Artist, Title, Album, Year, and Genre. You see that three of the five tags can be entered from the "Quick Edit". The last two can be entered into the dialog box after clicking on the "More " button. See the dialog box in the picture below.

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Chieh Cheng
Wed, 2 Nov 2005 22:26:33 -0800

The Reality Talk Show crew uses the www.RealityTalkShow.com as the Artist string. You can do the same, use your own name, or even your talk show name. For Album, the Reality Talk Show uses the forum name. You can do the same.

Whether you enter the data in the Quick Edit box or the Edit TAG dialog box, be sure to click the "OK" button to commit your changes. Your changes are not yet permanent. In order to make the changes permanent to your MP3 files, you'll have to click on the "Save" button (the diskette symbol).

After saving the tags to your MP3 files, you are now ready to Upload Your Talk Show.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 2 Nov 2005 22:36:21 -0800

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  • ID3-TagIT - Windows freeware ID3 tag editor with many advanced features.
  • ID3-V2 - ID3 tagging standard (version 2) for MP3 files.

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