Be a Better Podcaster #3 – Planning Podcasts, ID3 Tags and Workflow Automation


In this episode, I’m talking about the benefits of planning your podcast episodes and making bullet points of topics to cover, Jim Beeghley has a question about setting ID3 tags in ID3 Editor vs. using iTunes, and I go over the nearly-complete podcast workflow automation that I’ve been blogging about for the past two days.

The winner of the March drawing for a free hour of podcast consulting with me is Eric Nagel! Thanks Eric, I’ll be in touch soon about setting up a time with you.

Having a bullet list of things to talk about and what to say makes for a much smoother show. In last week’s episode, I winged it. All I had were the questions that had been called in written down in my Evernote notebook. As a result, I think my section about proper mic technique was a little disjointed. This time out, I had a bullet list of topics and what I wanted to say about them, and I think the show was far better for it. Having a script for the opening and closing is awesome, too.

Jim Beeghley asked me today, via Twitter:

@QAQN Do I need to use a program like ID3 Editor or can I do the same with GarageBand or ITunes? #babp

I’m a big fan of ID3 Editor. It’s powerful; it can set ID3 tags that programs like Garageband and iTunes can’t. In my estimation the most important tags to set are the artist, title, album, copyright, and artwork. You can get away with not setting anything else, although I prefer to also set the year, the URL, a comment and the composer.

All the tags I mentioned are available to you in iTunes, but only the title, artist, composer and description, which I believe is the same as comment, are available in Garageband. Plus the artwork.

iTunes supports way more tags – all the basics, really – and if you want to use itunes, you can, but i don’t recommend it because it’s slow – especially if you have a large library. I have a very large library located on attached storage, a Drobo unit. once iTunes loads up, it’s great, but the loading can take upwards of a minute or two. Then another minute to set the tags correctly. ID3 Editor is just faster and better, in my opinion.

PLUS, ID3 Editor (and iTunes, to be fair) is scriptable from the command line, which leads to some awesome automation possibilities, which I’m going to talk about next.

The final part of the show was devoted to podcast workflow. I went over the details of my podcast workflow tutorials (that was part one, this is part two). You don’t need to know anything about Bash, shell scripting, or command lines in general – but it helps. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact me!

Have a question? Want to learn more about podcasting? Ask me anything! Leave a voicemail at 281-241-QAQN(7276), send an email to, or catch me on Twitter.

Just to sweeten the pot a little bit… anyone that leaves a voicemail that I use on the show will be entered into a drawing at the end of the month for an absolutely free one-hour podcast consulting session with me.

Free podcast consulting drawing rules

Thanks for listening!


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Daniel M. Clark is a podcaster and proprietor of QAQN, a writer at, and an all-around cool dude everywhere else. God, I hate talking about myself in the third-person.

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