Tagging content for your Apple TV
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I recently bought an Apple TV and am really enjoying it, but I’ve noticed that TV Shows that I bought from the iTunes Store have a description and an aired date in the summary. I’m a bit of a neat-freak when it comes to organizing my stuff, but I can’t find anywhere in iTunes to set this for my own shows.
A: Unfortunately, these are two of the fields that you still can’t actually set within iTunes itself.
Prior to the release of the Apple TV, these fields were largely irrelevant, as they were not shown anywhere except within the iTunes library if you chose to display those particular columns.
With the Apple TV, however, this information becomes part of the displayed properties when browsing through your TV shows, and those who have a lot of video content and want to keep it as tagged and organized as possible will want to populate these fields.
Unfortunately, since iTunes does not offer the ability to enter this information, it is necessary to turn to third-party tagging utilities. Tools such as Lostify (Mac) and Tagger (Windows) offer the ability to update these fields directly within the iTunes video file itself, and these properties are then reflected when importing these TV shows into iTunes.
One other important point of note concerns the “Description” field in iTunes. There are actually two description fields for each track: The normal “Description” field that is shown in the iTunes list view, and a “Long Description” field that appears in a pop-up window when clicking the small “i” button next to the normal Description (this button will only appear if a long description is available). The Apple TV will use the “Long Description” field by default if it is filled in. If not, it will take the information from the normal “Description” field.
Thus far, most of the third-party tagging tools only populate the normal “Description” field, so this should not really be a serious problem. Further, applications such as Elgato EyeTV 2.4 will also fill in the description field when converting TV recordings with the description from the EyeTV recording, which is normally taken from its online TV guide.
More information on tagging and organizing video content can be found in our Complete Guide to Managing iTunes Videos.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Apple to sell limited-edition Olympic Apple Watch bands exclusively in Brazil
- Report: iPhone 7 will include Lightning adapter instead of Lightning EarPods
- Edward Snowden designing device to prevent iPhone wiretapping
- Report: Apple Car team running into challenges, launch may slip to 2021
- Corning announces Gorilla Glass 5
- Apple under fire for providing refurbished replacements under AppleCare+
- Report: Apple acquires cloud music provider Omnifone? [Update: No]
- Apple releases second iOS 10 public beta
- India clears the way for Apple to open retail stores
- Apple Pay launches in Hong Kong
- Netatmo Tags for Welcome Smart Home Camera
- iDevices Socket HomeKit-enabled Light Adapter
- Koogeek Wi-Fi SmartPlug for Apple HomeKit
- Marbotic Smart Letters for iPad
- Ecoxgear Sol Jam Bluetooth Speaker
- Gumdrop Cases DropTech Case + Hand Strap for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Braven BRV-1M Bluetooth Speaker
- Braven BRV-Blade Bluetooth Speaker
- Invoxia Voice Bridge
- Incase Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 9.2
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3
- Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app