ID3 tagging is the process of adding descriptive data to the actual audio file used within any given podcast episode that you publish.

Not all podcasters tag their files, but it's great practice to do so as, if a listener downloads your MP3 file to their device and listens outside of a podcast app, the ID3 tags are what give the listener the information on that episode.

ID3 tagging is usually done before you upload to a podcast host like Captivate but we decided to make life easier and build-in auto ID3 tagging for you - whoop!

Here's how it works:

When you upload an MP3 file and that file is attached to a podcast episode ready to be published, the ID3 Tagging area of the Publish page will show you one of three tag statuses:

  • Tag on save - Captivate has checked your uploaded MP3 file, not found any ID3 tags and will use your episode information to tag your audio file.
  • Pre-tagged by you - Captivate has checked your uploaded MP3 file and found pre-existing tag information entered by you. You now have the option to choose Override my ID3 tags with episode information. to override your pre-set ID3 tags.
  • Auto-tagged - You have decided that you're happy with one of the options above and published/scheduled your episode. Captivate has now ID3 tagged your audio file based on your choice above.

There are lots of "pieces" of ID3 tag data, here's a run down of some of the ID3 tags that we add to your audio file to help you out:

  • Episode title
  • Episode URL
  • Episode artwork
  • Show name
  • Show notes
  • Show description
  • Author name
  • Copyright
  • Feed publisher (us)
  • Feed URL
  • Show description

Right now, we don't add any tracking ID3 tags such as NPR's RAD format.

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