iTunes Metadata and Classical Music: Issues and Solutions for Crowdsourced Metadata in iTunes

  • Janelle Varin
  • The Serials Librarian, July 2015, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/0361526x.2015.1036196

What is it about?

This article outlines problems with metadata provided by iTunes for classical music files and offers possible solutions.

Why is it important?

As a classical music listener myself, I have been frustrated with iTunes metadata. This article will speak to many classical music listeners and offer solutions, on a large scale as well as on an individual level.


Janelle M. Varin
Pratt Institute

In researching and writing this article, I thought not only about myself as a classical music listener, but also about everyone else experiencing similar issues. As an employee in a music library, I understand the importance of good metadata for discovery and access and want the world of classical music to be as accessible as possible.

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