Category Archives: Mp3 Tags

Folders vs Categories

When I was trying to schedule music with my playout system (SAM), when I wanted to change the amount of airplay the songs were getting, I moved songs from folder to folder. Now that I am about to start using Music 1, do I need to continue to do that?

No. The SAM “clock-wheel” system is based on folders. You got SAM to play a song from Folder 1, Folder 2, Folder 3, etc. and then repeat. If you wanted to decrease the weekly spins/plays of one song, then you’d need move the audio file to a different folder that either had a lot more songs in it and/or was used fewer times in the “clock wheel”.

M1 schedules from its Categories, which are “rotation groups” and are not the same thing as “folders”. The audio files for songs in one M1 category could all be in the same folder or they could be dispersed into many different folders on the hard drive. The drive/path/filename that is entered into the CART field on the M1 song card is the important thing. That’s what M1 puts into the playlists it makes for SAM, that’s what tells SAM where to find and play the song. This is true for almost all of the internet radio playout systems. Professional-level playout systems don’t rely on drive/path to find and play audio files, but have their own unique “cart number” system instead.

In M1 there’s no need to ever move the audio files from folder to folder. And when/if you do move the audio file, you must also change the drive/path in the Cart field on that Song Card in M1. It doesn’t change automatically.

The folders on your hard drive are convenient for organizing files. You may want to have one folder for all of your Oldies, another for your Current songs and another for your Promos and station ID’s. But if you choose to move an audio file to a different folder, it is very important to also update the drive/path in the CART field on the M1 ‘card’.

You can do that manually, by typing in the change. Or, you can have M1 re-import the tags for it. If you re-import, M1 will make a ‘match’ on the Title+Artist and then update both the CART and the FILE fields on the card.

As you move into the M1 world and use this tool, I recommend you consider moving all of your on-air audio into one “master” folder and that it be directly under the C-drive. I named mine: Library
my path is: c:\Library\

I have a few sub-folders within it, like: Primary Gold and Legends and Classics. Thus, the paths to my songs are very short: c:\Library\Primary Gold\willie nelson-crazy.mp3

The long-term value in this is: when you move your operation to a new computer, you just copy your backup data (the Library folder) directly to the c-drive on the new machine. Then all the rive\paths remain the same and won’t need updating.

Do not worry about having songs in folders that you may not want to be played. The only songs that will be played are the ones that M1 schedules. One folder could have hundreds of songs in it that aren’t in rotation. You SAM will no longer be “picking” from the folder, it will only be playing the specific songs out of the folder that M1 tell it to play.

Importing Data from Mp3Tag

Many webradio operators have their playout systems and all the audio files for their station on a dedicated computer for their broadcast and Music 1 installed on a different computer. In this case, one can’t use the tag reader/importer that is built into M1 because the files are on a different machine. One way toContinue Reading

Mp3 Tags – Explained

Many people don’t know the difference between the mp3 file name and mp3 “tags” (also known as: meta-data). If you’re running an internet radio station, it is important to not only know the differece, but to have the correct tag data entered into the Title and Artist fields. This video explains.

What’s the best way to name my audio files?

Short answer:  Artist-Title I’m in favor of simplicity and efficiency.  Artist-Title makes it easy to quickly sort all the files in the Windows folder/directory view and the look of each file is clean and uncluttered. Now some folks want to have the Album as part of the filename, too.  So the name then becomes:  Artist-Title-Album.mp3  Continue Reading

When I imported my library from a csv file that I exported from SAM, a bunch of songs that I know I’m playing didn’t come into M1?

….check your mp3 tags.  M1 won’t import song data from a record that has an empty Title field within the mp3 tags.  It is really, really important that you get all the tags in order, updated, corrected before you export the data to the .csv for M1 to import.  You can update the tags inContinue Reading

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