WAV Goodbye? Byta’s Solution To Our Metadata Problem

WAV Goodbye? Byta’s Solution To Our Metadata Problem

This post was originally going to be a “meditation on metadata” until we remembered users don’t want explanations, they want things to ‘just work’.
When Byta users upload audio, the artist, track, album and artwork information is pulled directly from their files. From then on our users can be certain the information displayed on screen is the same as embedded in their files.

WAV Goodbye?

Byta supports reading & writing of metadata for the following file formats:

  • ALAC, AIFF, FLAC & WAV aka ‘lossless’
  • MP3 & AAC aka ‘lossy’

Following the same principle, to ‘just work’, we suggest all but our most advanced users will benefit avoiding WAV uploads for the following reasons:

  • WAV files can not hold artwork
  • iTunes doesn’t read or write WAV metadata, instead saving any changes locally, thus causing confusion about which information is actually embedded in a user’s files

Byta supports WAV as a download format (with embedded metadata), ensuring compliance with broadcast submission standards including the BBC’s own guidelines.

Working with lossless audio?

We suggest FLAC or ALAC (Apple Lossless). Both format’s metadata is easily editable, holds artwork and offer much smaller file sizes, all without sacrificing audio quality.

How do you send & receive audio using multiple file formats? Should we be supporting additional file types? Get in touch and let us know.