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Metadata

Metadata is information about information. For example, an audio file contains audio information.The name of the person that created the file, the length of the file, title of the file, description, and so on.

Here are some possible uses for metadata for content in iTunes U.

  • Info Pane

  • Name - Name of the article, lecture, podcast, episode, and so on.
  • Artist - Author, lecturer, or source of the content.
  • Year - Year the content was published/created.
  • Album - Name of the podcast series, lecture series, course name, or chapter name/number.
  • Grouping - Organize your content by theme (such as all your lectures on Italian comedic operas as opposed to the Italian romantic operas). It might be helpful for your listeners to sort by grouping.
  • Comments - Add a brief description of your content, add a website reference, or your email address. Make notes about the content that your listener might need to know. For example: “Lecture recorded on April 15, 2006,”or, “This recording contains lectures 1 and 2.”
  • Genre - Broad category, for example, by subject (such as architecture), by publisher, by organization (such as a university name), or by type (such as podcast). Note: Some iTunes users create smart playlists using the Genre category to transfer content automatically to iPod.
  • Lyrics Pane - For podcasts and other content, you could include a transcript to support hearing disabled learners, a summary, a list of support resources,text for a speech, text of a poem, or other information. Note: Lyrics pane is not available for video.

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