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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: drudus on Dec 03, '12 03:33:17PM

For GUI based tag editing try tagalicious…
http://thelittleappfactory.com/tagalicious/
or maybe TuneUp (even though I hate that app!)

I'm sure there are a ton of other MP3/ MP4 tagging, artwork & metadata apps for Mac if you are willing to search… Jaikoz, MusicBrainz Picard, SongGenie 2, CoverScout 3, MetaX/ MetaZ (for movies & TV).

If you are a command line script junkie look at…

mp4v2
http://mp4v2.googlecode.com/svn/doc/1.9.0/ToolGuide.html

eyeD3
http://eyed3.nicfit.net/

id3tool
http://nekohako.xware.cx/id3tool/

They can read tags & export/ embed artwork from scripts.

Don't forget to try the insane "Batch Rip Actions for Automator" if you are handling TV or movies.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=805573

There is also a metric crapton of information about the iTunes 'custom podcast tags' that need to be added to make podcasts stay in one list. TLDR: use http://www.mp3tag.de/en/ in Windows to apply the tags.
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=928786

Why Apple can't add these podcast specific tags as editable in iTunes is a mystery to me.



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: herojig on Dec 03, '12 09:08:30PM

Does anyone know why this happens:
1) Subscribe to a podcast like 60 minutes
2) Listen to podcasts
3) Delete podcasts
4) Update subscription
In the above scenario, the artwork for the podcasts goes away, and can only be added back manually. This worked the same in v10, so it's not a V11 problem...
Arg...



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: alastor933 on Dec 04, '12 04:48:58AM
Why Apple can't add these podcast specific tags as editable in iTunes is a mystery to me.
Apple doesn't want us to have user-definable metadata (a.k.a. tags, facets, whatever). Remember SpotMeta in 10.4? A laudable attempt, but dead in 10.5. There was another attempt, but it has been criticised and/or turned down by several wellknown developers.

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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: drudus on Dec 04, '12 06:08:32AM

SpotMeta was allowing users to define tags and metadata for use in Spotlight. It's a reasonable idea, but without a library of known and allowed tags it will get messy (e.g. should 'published' be a boolean or a date).

The ID3 tags that iTunes uses to organise Podcasts are custom tags created by iTunes. Other editors generally don't have support for them because they are iTunes specific. I'd expect Applescript to have write access to these so that fractured podcasts can be fixed, but even that isn't supported.
When sites change feed addresses or people use tools like iVolume podcast feeds to break in horrible ways.

Metadata is a 'first world problem', but Apple have a reputation for getting things right, they keep falling short IMO.



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