Apple iTunes Tagging explained

“Though support for the feature was added to iTunes 7.4, iTunes Tagging remains one of the least-understood expansions of the iPod ecosystem—arguably, for good reason,” Jeremy Horwitz reports for iLounge.

“Developed by Apple and implemented in new iPod speaker systems by companies such as Polk Audio and JBL, iTunes Tagging enables an HD Radio tuner to record information about the currently playing track, save it to an iPod, and let the iPod’s user easily find that track in the iTunes Store for purchase,” Horwitz reports.

Horwitz takes a look at how iTunes Tagging works with Polk Audio’s new i-Sonic ES2, iTunes 7.6, and an iPod classic and explains, “Ultimately, iTunes Tagging’s obscurity is likely attributable to the high prices of HD Radio tuners, the lack of iPod family-wide compatibility, and the fact that the feature sidesteps what people would actually want—the ability to use iPods’ recording features to actually store songs—in favor of storing tags and pushing people towards purchases of iTunes Store music. But if this feature is something that interests you, it does work, albeit with a few small kinks. “

Full article here.


  1. On the small occasions that I’m in the car and listening to FM radio, if the stupid DJs would do their job and tell us what they just played, we wouldn’t need this.
    It never amazes me that they play some brand new song and not tell you who it is.

  2. To Think: From what I just read in the article, it’s primary use is to tag a song so that you can buy it later from the iTunes Store. And from what I read, there were quite a few hiccups. It sounded like a pain in the butt to use if you actually expected it to work.

  3. The chances of radio playing something I would want to listen to are pretty low. That’s why I listen to my iPod contents.

    It seems to me that the target audience for this product has already solved the radio problem by buying an iPod and ignoring radio.

  4. I wish Apple would improve iTunes integration with Internet radio from all sources (who aren’t <a >Rush Limbaugh</a> or that pathetic list in the Radio Library, be they commercial radio stations, satellite radio station providers, internet streams, Live365, Yahoo, and everyone with a .FM domain.

  5. I’m bored.
    Not enough controversy today.

    Uh, Rush Limbaugh uses tagging.
    Obama Tagged Hillary.
    Is Canada still attached to the U.S. or have we figured out how to squeeze out of the middle and let Canada and Mexico be together?


    suck on that mac dorks.

  6. I believe the kind of ‘tagging’ most people are dying to have in iTunes is more along the lines of, Gmail,, and Spotlight comments; we want descriptor tagging.

    Frankly, I allowed this headline to get my hopes up, and the article dashed them again. :/

  7. @Think

    I couldn’t agree more about DJ’s who would rather hear themselves make a funny instead of telling you the artist and song you just heard.

    I actually bought an album from iTunes because I finally realized who the artist was! I had downloaded a few free songs from a trial to eMusic (or whatever the site is called) from Vertical Horizon, and liked them. I decided to see what else the band offered on iTunes. Lo and behold, they had several songs on an album released in 1999 that I loved, but never knew who sang them. So I bought the album.

    Perhaps the recording labels need to stop suing consumers and sue the DJs who won’t tell you the artist’s name. Isn’t that why they provide music to radio stations, so the artist can get free promo and sell songs?

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