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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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