If you’ve ever had the extraordinary pleasure of reading through the Bandcamp FAQ, then a) thanks for your indulgence, and b) you already know the answer to this leading question:
Did I know that Bandcamp automatically adds metadata to all of my downloadable tracks?
No, you did not! And it’s totally bitchin’! We can’t tell you how many times we’ve downloaded music from some band’s site, only to bring it into iTunes and find that it has no cover art, a name like “Master 2 (final).mp3” and no information about who it’s by or what album it’s from. Annoying, but not really surprising when you learn what a pain in the ass it is for a band to add all that information to a track themselves. Well, we’ve got you covered. As you add information to your site, we automatically attach that data to the underlying tracks, so that when your fans download and import them into iTunes or anywhere else, they come with their title, artist, album, track number, release date, and artwork intact. Smoove.
Smoover than smoove, however, would be if we also included lyrics, track-level art, higher-res art in general, and supported international characters. And if all of that just worked, without you lifting a finger. It’s more fun to look at than to read about:
A detail for those who like details: there’s no point in putting custom track art on track 1 if you also have album art. Why? Because mp3 players expect the ALBUM art to be on track 1, so we put it there instead. By the same logic, if you don’t have album art BUT you have some nifty art on track 1, mp3 players will use that as the representative art for the album. Details!