What are Tags?
Tags are a Live365-internal way of labeling tracks in your Library. Track Tags are different from Types: Tags are user-defined, whereas track Types are static, defined by Live365. A track can have multiple Tags, but it can only have one track Type. (Read more about Types here.) You can use the flexible Live365 Tags feature to organize your library in many ways. Here are some common ways to organize your library:
- By genre - Probably the most popular way to organize your library if your station intends to play more than one genre of music. Some examples include rock, pop, gospel, classical etc.
- By decade - You might have songs from different decades. Use Tags like -’70s, -‘80s, -‘90s. etc. This can help you build decade-centric Playlists.
- By mood - Tag your tracks as “upbeat”, “chill”, “happy”, “fierce”... These Tags can help your make smoother transitions in your Playlists by matching tracks for the mood they convey.
- By upload date - Tag by year or month that the Track was uploaded. When you run low on room in your library, delete the oldest tracks and add some new tracks.
- By language - This might not be applicable for most stations but if you have multiple tracks in Japanese or Spanish, for example it would make the foreign tracks easier to recognize.
- By popularity - Create codes for recent hits and timeless tracks so that you can work the biggest hits into your Playlists regularly. You can read more about that kind of library coding here: https://live365.com/blog/coding-a-music-library/
You can have more than one Tag per track, for example something can be tagged as “-‘90s”, “rock” and “upbeat” at the same time.
Why do I need Tags?
Tags make is easier for you to search your library. They also help in Playlist creation. Tags can also help you rotate new songs into your library.
You can use the Filter menu (pictured above) in the Tracks tab to search your library for songs that have a specific Tag, or number of Tags simultaneously.
How do I make Tags?
Create Tags by selecting Media > Tags from the Navigation Bar, as shown below.
In the Tags pane, enter a descriptive name for your Tag. You can also select a color for your Tag, but that is optional.
Once you have clicked the “Add” button, your Tag will appear in the Tags pane. You can edit or delete a Tag using the icons on the right. Editing a Tag will change the Tag for all of the tracks currently labelled with that Tag.
You can add Tags while uploading tracks to your Library.
Once your tracks have uploaded, click on the “Tag these tracks” button. All of the songs currently in the upload window will be updated with the Type and Tag(s) that you choose in the window displayed below:
All of the tracks in the upload window will be Tagged simultaneously. In general, we recommend that you upload batches of similar tracks to make use of this feature.
How do I bulk-adjust track Tags?
If you did not add Tags when you uploaded the tracks, don’t worry! It’s not too late! You can add Tags to your tracks at any time. Select Media > Tracks from the Navigation Bar.
Use the checkboxes in the column on the left to select tracks. All of the tracks that you select will receive the same Tag.
Choose Tags for the selected tracks, or create a new Tag by typing in the textbox, then hitting "enter ↩” on your keyboard to create the Tag. Click the “Apply Tags” button to add the Tags to all of the selected tracks.