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The Podcast Flag and iTunes

One of my favorite podcasts, Insomnia Radio’s Daily Dose, delivers a single MP3 containing a new track each day. When I really like a track, I want to include it in my iTunes library as a standard music track. The problem is that iTunes embeds a podcast flag in the ID3 tags of the file, making it difficult to treat the MP3 as a standard music track.

After some investigation, I found that iTunes adds an extra ID3 frame with text label PCST to the MP3 file header.

I wrote a quick C program, strip_podcast, to remove this ID3 frame from a named MP3 file. After running the program, the file can be added back into iTunes as a standard MP3 file.

See the included README.textile file for a description of how to build and run the program.

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