Sunday, October 29, 2006

(really!) convert podcast to music file in itunes

Not being very happy with my solution to convert podcast mp3's to regular music file, I found an alternative method which works for me for the moment.

Apparently iTunes podcast entries are marked with the ITUNESPODCAST tag. Deleting this tag makes it possible to import podcast mp3s as regular music files.

Steps to take:

  1. Move the podcast mp3's out of the /podcasts/ folder to a temporary folder.
  2. In iTunes, delete these mp3's
  3. Using the Mp3tag utility (if your on Windows), remove the ITUNESPODCAST tag from the mp3s in the temporary folder (select all the files, right-click, select Extended tags, highlight the tag and click the delete icon, apply) and while you're there, fix all the other id3 tags as well.
  4. In iTunes, import the mp3's from the temporary folder.
OK, it would be nice to be able to do this from iTunes, but it's a start and it beats converting the podcast mp3's to AAC. It should be possible by scripting iTunes.

Mp3tag works like a charm and is very fast. You can rename your mp3 files by using the information in the id3 tags (e.g. "%artist% - %album% - %title%) and you can automatically update the id3 tags by extracting the information from the mp3 file name.

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