Media Types are a Live365-internal way to organize the tracks in your library. There are 5 Media Types available to choose from. Media Types are predefined by Live365 and are important for implementing the basic AutoDJ track mix.

What are Media Types?

Types are a Live365-internal way of labeling files in your Library. Media Types are different from Categories (formerly called Tags). Categories (Tags) are user-defined, whereas Media Types are "static", defined by Live365. A track can have multiple Categories (Tags), but it can only have one Media Type. There are currently 5 different Media Types: Music, Talk, ID, Promo, and Ad:

Music - Used for copyrighted content, including music.

Talk - Used for live recordings and spoken word content like podcasts, sermons, interviews, and storytelling.

Promo - Best used for promotional tracks and tracks only to be aired for a limited time, such as concert announcements, sponsor mentions, seasonal tracks, etc.

ID - Used for tracks that help your listeners identify which station they are listening to. IDs are also sometimes referred to as jingles or sweepers. 

Ad - You cannot label anything as an Ad, but you might see this Media Type in the search feature. Ads are controlled by Live365.

First, make sure you are editing the station where you want to make these changes. Highlight and click the station name to select it. If you are unfamiliar with how to navigate this part of Live365, please see this help article which describes dashboard navigation.

Once you have selected the appropriate station, you will be taken to that Station's Menu page. From this page, you will be able to navigate and make changes and adjustments to your station.  

Why do you need Media Types? 

Media Types are mainly used in selecting tracks that play while you are in AutoDJ mode. You will find the AutoDJ settings by selecting Sources -> AutoDJ -> Track Mix.

Selecting Media Types for the Track Mix will enable "all of the tracks" of that Type for AutoDJ. Once tracks are categorized as station IDs, you can also specify how many station IDs you want to air per hour.

 You can add Types while uploading tracks to your Library!

Upload tracks by selecting Media -> Tracks from the Station Menu.

Next click the orange "Add Track" button on the Media -> Tracks page. For best results, upload similar tracks in each batch because you can only select one Type for all the tracks in each batch.

Once you have clicked the orange "Add Track" button, the "Upload Tracks" window will open. Drop your files into the box or browse for the tracks that you want to add.

Once your have added the desired tracks, click the blue "Submit" button as indicated in the image below.

Once you click "Submit," the "Categorize Tracks" window will open.

Step 1) Select the appropriate Type from the drop-down menu.

Step 2) Next, select one or more Categories for the tracks that you are uploading.

Step 3) Finally, click the green "Upload Files" button to record the changes and upload the files.

Finally, verify the track Metadata of any uploaded tracks, then click the green "Save" button. 

NOTE: You should verify the correctness of the metadata prior to uploading tracks. Adjustments made in the "Verify Tracks Metadata" screen will only be changed in the uploaded cloud version and will not update the file on your local machine.

Related Article: To learn about "Track Categories" click here.