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Embedding cover art, ISRC's and more in WAVE files
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 18:55

WAVEThanks to an initiative by the Music Producer's Guild, who championed the importance of the ISRC being associated with recordings "all the way from mastering studio to royalty management systems", the ability to embed ISRC's, cover art and more into WAVE files is now here.

Here's a list of what can be embedded:

  • Cover art
  • ISRC
  • Track title, artist, album title, album artist
  • Genre
  • Composer
  • Year/date
  • Track number / total number of tracks
  • Disc number / total number of discs
  • Comment
  • Compilation check

The downside is that iTunes won't read the embedded information in WAVE files, however the same information can be embedded into AIFF files, and these can be read by iTunes.

So now the uncompressed formats, WAVE and AIFF, have joined the compressed formats, MP3, MP4 (AAC), FLAC and Apple Lossless, in being able to store the key information about your release.

Do I need to do this?

If you are planning a digital-only release, or requesting uncompressed files that aren't embedded in a CD master or DDP,  then we highly recommend that you ask us to embed the ISRC's, cover art and other information into the WAVE/AIFF files.

Of course, some pre-planning is required to ensure the cover art is available at the time of mastering, but we can always add this in at a later date if necessary.