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Cheap Advice On Live Sound
48 Tips To Make Your Band Sound Better
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Making Your CD’s Song Titles Appear In iTunes

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So you finally finished recording enough songs for a CD of your music. Or maybe your band has accumulated enough decent live recordings to collect onto a “Promo CD” to show off the band. You’ve burned the CD and made a few copies, you’ve even printed up some cover art. Wow! You’re ready to roll. Or are you?

If this were 1997, hey, you would be good to go. But as they say, that was then, this is now. Now, the very fact that you are putting your music on a CD is considered somewhat retro! Most people will either play your CD on a laptop or other computer or, more likely, they will import it into iTunes, where your songs will get mixed in with all the songs by Arcade Fire or Jefferson Airplane or whatever they have on there.

Here’s the problem. When you first pop your home-burned CD into your MacBook, iTunes comes up, ready to import. But what are these song titles it’s showing? Instead of “Dreams Of Saskatchewan”, the first song seems to be called “Track 01″. The second song is “Track 02″, that’s not right either. They’re all like that!

What’s more, if you put your CD into a regular CD player, perhaps in your car or home theater system (remember, DVD players will play CDs), it will not display the song titles like it does when you put in the latest Jack White CD. How could it? You haven’t told it what they are!

The fact is, if you don’t do something about this, the appeal of your CD could be greatly reduced, especially for habitual downloaders. So, you’re saying, how can I get the correct song titles to appear when I import my CD under iTunes or play it in a player?

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Use Standard Image Formats For Your CD Art

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Sharing your home-recorded music with others is easier than ever in these enlightened days of the Internet Age.  Your DAW, whether hardware or software, undoubtedly has a way of exporting your song as a WAV or AIFF computer file, which can be easily converted to a space-saving mp3 file.  The mp3 file can then be carried around on your thumb-drive keychain, loaded into your iPod, or even uploaded to the web for all the world to hear. Cool!

Still, there’s a special satisfaction in having an actual high-quality CD with your recordings on it to give to people - like family, friends, booking agents, whoever. And, for those who treat their music as fine art, the ability to design the CD label and the booklet and the back cover of the case presents a wonderful opportunity to extend the artistry and themes of the recorded album into the visual realm through its packaging. Let’s face it, a CD with well-designed artwork is a lot more impressive than one with “New Songs 09″ scrawled on the label with a Sharpie!

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