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METADATA INSTRUCTIONS FOR PITCHING SONGS

The first thing you’re going to want to do is create an MP3 from your full resolution 16 bit / 44.1 kHz master audio file. Your master file will almost always be a .WAV file these days, but this also applies if it is an AIFF file as well. Make sure you create your MP3 at the bit rate of 256 kbps. You won’t get much perceivable quality from MP3 bit rates above 192 kbps, but use 256 kbps to be on the safe side. 

It’s dead easy to do this in almost all digital audio workstations. Just check your help menu in your favorite one. You can also easily do this in iTunes. Go to iTunes preferences > General > Import Settings. Select MP3 under “Import Using” and then click on “Custom”. Under “Stereo bit rate” select 256 kbps, check off “Use VBR”, select “Highest” under “Quality”, and you can leave the rest of the preferences the same.

After you have created your MP3, you simply need to select it in iTunes and hit “Command i” (on a Mac). This will bring up the MP3 information box allowing you to type in the metadata. Enter your info in the comment fields. Make sure you include the song name, contact email, phone number and something that indicates you own all the rights to your master and publishing for the song. You can put “I own 200%” or “One-Stop” which lets the person listening to your music know what you control all rights to the song so they only need to contact you to license the track. If you don’t control 200% of the song, then you have to list the songwriter, publisher, and/or label share and their contact info.

Here is an example of a song with the correct metadata. You even have the option to add album artwork (or a photo), song bpm, song description & mood, as well as lyrics if you’d like though they’re not necessary. The most important parts are the song title, artist name, writer/publisher & master recording rights, and the contact info.

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