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    Not talking Classical.

    The other day I thought to myself that I'd like to include composers in my tagging routine. Does anyone know of any tagging software that includes lookup to online dbs where the results include the composer?

    Obviously I can do it manually by reference to various sources but I am looking for something like mp3tag that does it automatically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d6jg View Post
    Not talking Classical.

    The other day I thought to myself that I'd like to include composers in my tagging routine. Does anyone know of any tagging software that includes lookup to online dbs where the results include the composer?

    Obviously I can do it manually by reference to various sources but I am looking for something like mp3tag that does it automatically.

    TIA
    AFAIK mp3tag should be able to do that, albeit with a different search provider. I seem to recall that I once had a plugin using Discogs in mp3tag. Bear in mind that all online sources of data are to some extent community driven, so the inf might not always be present or trustworthy.
    If mp3tag doesn't cut it for you, I've made the transition to Mediamonkey ages ago already, and there are some plugins available for it that allow this.
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    So when you say composer, and you say you're not talking classical, you mean the originator(s) of the music, e.g. Lennon and McCartney?

    In the case of Discogs, that would come from the track credits in the "Written-By" value.

    In the case of MusicBrainz, check the "Work" via "Recording" which is linked from each track in each release.

    This is the kind of data which is less commonly recorded, especially, proportionally, for non-classical releases.

    As for apps to tag this, I think SongKong did a lot of work on classical recently, check that out. Picard should also do it, but only uses MB data and be careful to "cluster".

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    I'm affraid the simple answer is no. There is no way you can add composers to your tagging routine. I wish there was!
    I am into jazz and I like to add the composers to my music as often I want to be able to filter my collection for a given composer.
    In order to add the composers tags to my music I use Foobar2000 to read a txt file where composers are listed in between brackets, one song per line. This is the easy bit, though.
    To get the actual composers I normally use
    1st Wikipedia (simply a matter of copying and pasting the information)
    2nd Allmusic (I copy and paste the information to Notepad++. I created a macro that strips the data from newlines and a few other things. I then replace some parts the text with a closing bracket and other parts with new lines)
    3rd Discogs (Again I copy and paste the information to Notepad++. Then using find and replace I end up with a txt file in the format mentioned above. An example is shown below)
    4th When none of the sites above have the info needed I use a Firefox script called Mutisearch. I copy the song list to the web page one song per line and press Search. That saves me from having to Google for one song at the time separatly (I am attaching this script below)
    My 0.02 cents!

    Example of info on txt file to be imported using Foobar2000 (Billie Holiday - Velvet Moods, aka, Music For Torching 1955)
    Code:
    1. I Don't Want to Cry Anymore (Victor Schertzinger) 3:54
    2. Prelude to a Kiss (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills) 5:32
    3. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, Victor Young) 4:26
    4. When Your Lover Has Gone (Einar A. Swan) 4:58
    5. Gone With the Wind (Herbert Magidson, Allie Wrubel) 3:23
    6. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (Sidney Clare, Sam H. Stept) 4:19
    7. It Had to Be You (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) 4:00
    8. Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) 3:47
    9. Come Rain or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) 4:22
    10. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) 5:51
    11. What's New? (Johnny Burke, Bob Haggart) 4:16
    12. A Fine Romance (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) 2:44
    13. A Fine Romance (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) 3:32
    14. I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Ray Noble) 4:02
    15. I Get a Kick Out of You (Cole Porter) 5:40
    16. Everything I Have Is Yours (Harold Adamson, Burton Lane) 4:30
    17. Isn't This a Lovely Day? (Irving Berlin) 4:11
    18. Prelude to a Kiss (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills) 2:46

    Multisearch.html to be used in Firefox
    Code:
    <html>
    <head>
    <title>MultiSearch</title>
    <script>
    function search()
    {
        var queries = document.getElementsByTagName('textarea')[0].value.split(/[\r\n]/);
        for(var i = 0, j = queries.length; i < j; i++)
            if(queries[i])
                window.open('http://www.google.com/search?q=' + queries[i]);
    }
    </script>
    </head>
    <body>
    <textarea style="height:90%;width:100%"></textarea>
    <input type="button" value="Search" onclick="search()">
    </body>
    </html>

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuLac View Post
    I'm affraid the simple answer is no. There is no way you can add composers to your tagging routine. I wish there was!
    I am into jazz and I like to add the composers to my music as often I want to be able to filter my collection for a given composer.
    In order to add the composers tags to my music I use Foobar2000 to read a txt file where composers are listed in between brackets, one song per line. This is the easy bit, though.
    To get the actual composers I normally use
    1st Wikipedia (simply a matter of copying and pasting the information)
    2nd Allmusic (I copy and paste the information to Notepad++. I created a macro that strips the data from newlines and a few other things. I then replace some parts the text with a closing bracket and other parts with new lines)
    3rd Discogs (Again I copy and paste the information to Notepad++. Then using find and replace I end up with a txt file in the format mentioned above. An example is shown below)
    4th When none of the sites above have the info needed I use a Firefox script called Mutisearch. I copy the song list to the web page one song per line and press Search. That saves me from having to Google for one song at the time separatly (I am attaching this script below)
    My 0.02 cents!

    Example of info on txt file to be imported using Foobar2000 (Billie Holiday - Velvet Moods, aka, Music For Torching 1955)
    Code:
    1. I Don't Want to Cry Anymore (Victor Schertzinger) 3:54
    2. Prelude to a Kiss (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills) 5:32
    3. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, Victor Young) 4:26
    4. When Your Lover Has Gone (Einar A. Swan) 4:58
    5. Gone With the Wind (Herbert Magidson, Allie Wrubel) 3:23
    6. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (Sidney Clare, Sam H. Stept) 4:19
    7. It Had to Be You (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) 4:00
    8. Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) 3:47
    9. Come Rain or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) 4:22
    10. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) 5:51
    11. What's New? (Johnny Burke, Bob Haggart) 4:16
    12. A Fine Romance (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) 2:44
    13. A Fine Romance (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) 3:32
    14. I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Ray Noble) 4:02
    15. I Get a Kick Out of You (Cole Porter) 5:40
    16. Everything I Have Is Yours (Harold Adamson, Burton Lane) 4:30
    17. Isn't This a Lovely Day? (Irving Berlin) 4:11
    18. Prelude to a Kiss (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills) 2:46

    Multisearch.html to be used in Firefox
    Code:
    <html>
    <head>
    <title>MultiSearch</title>
    <script>
    function search()
    {
        var queries = document.getElementsByTagName('textarea')[0].value.split(/[\r\n]/);
        for(var i = 0, j = queries.length; i < j; i++)
            if(queries[i])
                window.open('http://www.google.com/search?q=' + queries[i]);
    }
    </script>
    </head>
    <body>
    <textarea style="height:90%;width:100%"></textarea>
    <input type="button" value="Search" onclick="search()">
    </body>
    </html>
    Thanks for that.
    Dbpoweramp Reference is giving me some info on composers in some cases.
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    Living Room - Joggler & SB3 -> Onkyo TS606 - > Celestion Ditton F20s
    Office - Pi -> Sony TA FE320 -> Celestion F10s / Pi & SB3 -> Onkyo CRN 755 -> Wharfedale Modus Cubes
    Dining Room -> SB Boom Kitchen -> UE Radio (upgraded to SB Radio)
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