Tags on Music Files Downloaded from the iTunes Store Don’t Match Tags in the Store

11/12/2013

UMG_cvrart_00028947922117_01_RGB72_1500x1500_13UMGIM43194.170x170-75.jpgI’ve noticed, from time to time, that tags on music files displayed in the iTunes Store don’t always match what’s in the files when I download them. There may be minor differences in the way tracks are named; but there has never been any major differences.

It is most obvious, however, for an album I bought today: Hilary Hahn’s In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores. This album, a group of pieces that Hahn commissioned to be played as encores, contains works by 27 different composers (actually, 28, because there’s a “bonus track” on the iTunes Store).

If you view the album on the iTunes Store, you’ll see the composers’ names:

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But when you download the music, the Composer tag is empty:

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I’ve seen minor differences in tags before, but never anything as blatant as this. I wonder why the iTunes Store has two different sets of tags.

Oh, and, if you like contemporary classical music, this album, In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores, is a real treat.