A Quick Introduction To File Formats & Metadata

This information is adapted from a post titled “WAV Goodbye? Byta’s Solution To Our Metadata Problem” on our blog.

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.

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

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

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.

File Formats & Metadata Explained was last modified: August 27th, 2021 by jen