Image, audio and video files on the internet need a more robust metadata system that is supported by web browsers and digital media players. It’s ridiculous that the files themselves can’t tell a web browser and a user who created it, and how to contact or find out more about the artist.
How handy would it be to be able to right-click an image that contained this metadata, and get info about the creator such as their official webpage, Twitter account, Facebook page, iTunes Music Store link, as well as of course copyright info and the like?
And let’s not limit this to just web browsers—why can’t I find out this information from an MP3 file, right from within iTunes? Why do I have to Google the band? This is silly, and this is exactly what the internet was designed for and what computers do best. Perhaps web browsers need to be updated, the HTML specification rewritten—but with the proliferation of media and increasing piracy and copyright infringement, this should be a priority.
It drives me crazy when we have the technology right in front of us and we don’t use it. It also drives me nuts to spend extra time doing things that could be—and should be—done more smartly. This data can be embedded, and it would benefit not only the creators, but the fans.