ID3 Tags for Podcasting: Defined and Implemented

By Tee Morris, Chuck Tomasi

Part of Podcasting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Use ID3 tags to store information in your podcasting file — after all, it only makes sense to provide information about your podcast and yourself. The following list shows the information asked for in an ID3 tag. You can furnish some information or no information, but the more you share, the easier your fans can find you.

  • Name: The name or number of this particular podcast episode. For example, Technorama Ep 511: Adama’s Beard.

  • Artist: Your name or the name of your podcasting team. For example, Chuck Tomasi and Kreg Steppe, Grammar Girl, Tee Morris.

  • Album: The name of your show. For example, Technorama, Happy Hour from the Tower, The Topic is Trek.

  • Track Number: (Optional) The sequential order of the podcast. For audio books released in chapters, the track numbers are chapter numbers.

  • Year: The year the episode was produced.

  • Composer (optional): Your engineer’s name or the originators of the material. For example, in Tee’s podcast, MOREVI‘s artist is listed as Tee Morris, but the composers are Tee Morris and Lisa Lee because the original work was co-written.

  • Genre: We recommend Podcast for most, but choose accordingly and be consistent.

  • Comments: A quick two or three lines of show notes for your podcasts. This is similar to the description in your blog post. It’s a good idea to include your contact information here also.