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How to make your music stand out

by OSnapple on December 7, 2009

Guess what? It has nothing to do with your musical abilities. In fact what can make or break your music here at, as well as many other places you submit your music, are a few simple things that can go a very long way.

ID3 Tags have been around probably since the Mp3, but very few independent musicians know how to effectively utilize them.

ID3 is a small portion of the Mp3 file that allows text to be stored. This text is usually used to organize the file using the field’s title, artist, album, and track number. If you have ever used ITunes its ability to sort by Song Title, Artist, Album, and Genre is incredibly easy.

If you use ITunes, take a minute and go to your ITunes Music Folder, usually located in My Documents à My Music à ITunes, and look for the folder titled “Unknown Artist”. It probably has a decent amount of Mp3’s in it. But who knows who these songs are by, or what album they are from…. I personally don’t even listen to that folder; with over 500 gigs of music on my hard drive I usually just delete that folder to make space.

A lot of the time when we get music submissions we immediately download the tracks in order to listen to them later. later. But more often than not, Trav, myself or one of the other writers will be listening to a download and love what we are hearing, but when we look to find out the artists name we see the dreaded “Unknown Artist”, “Unknown Album.” Not sure if you guys follow Trav on Twitter ( @WYDU ) but a couple of nights ago he had a twitter rant about this very same situation.

When we get the Unknown Artist, Unknown Album, what are we supposed to do??? Shit, even if we like the music we have no idea who to contact. It’s really a double loss, one for the musician who we can’t promote, and one for us cause we want to tell people about it.

Let’s make this issue nonexistent…

I found this FREE ID3 tag creator/modifier @ CNet, Download it, Use it, it’s really simple… Navigate to your folder, when your songs pop up in the bottom “tag em up”.

One other underutilized thing is when you ZIP a few tracks together, put a text file in there with some information. Put your MySpace, website address, bio, E-mail Address, favorite color, whatever, if it’s in there we will be able to quickly and easily get in touch with you.

With that being said, if you have sent us music in the past and your music fits in with the site, chances are it wasn’t tagged, so use that program “tag em up” and send them back over to

If you’re interested in some more crafty ways to track how many people are checking out your music you send out send in an e-mail and I will be more they happy to chop it up with ya.

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a-one December 7, 2009 at 12:38 am

lol i was about to make this same post. i think i might still do it

Kevin December 7, 2009 at 1:48 am


O-Snaps December 8, 2009 at 12:44 am

This whole situation drives me nutty but lets see how many people read and learn!!!

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