PDA

View Full Version : Tagging WAV files



Tom Goodacre
2005-04-29, 04:28
Now the squeezbox2 supports 802.11g there should be no problem streaming
audio (wav files) directly to it. Whilst the quality of well encoded MP3's
is pretty good, *.wav files sound just that little bit better. Although I've
got a fairly big collection of MP3's I'm thinking about starting to rip my
CD's just to wav - especially as storage space is so cheap these days.

Does anyone know if it's possible to tag wav files so that they behave in
the same way as MP3's within slimserver? If I'm missing something then my
apologies - I'm still waiting for my unit to arrive (the UK is having supply
problems) and haven't had time to play.


Regards,

Tom Goodacre

DJMUK
2005-04-29, 04:58
Tom,

Like you I'm in the UK and waiting for my SB2 wireless. I have had an SB1 wireless since the start of the year and I find it terrific.

I believe I am right in saying that WAV files can't be tagged.

I already have all my CD's ripped for archiving to Monkey's Audio, a lossless format, with a copy in MP3 192CBR for use on my Zen portable.

However, as the SB2 supports native decoding of FLAC, another lossless format, I am in the course of converting the Monkey's Audio files to FLAC. Both these lossless formats can have tags. FLAC will compress the original WAV to about 60% of its size and Monkey's Audio may get around 50%.

As these formats are lossless there is no difference in the playback between them and the original WAV - you just save a lot of disk space.

Hope this helps.

David Miles

sleepysurf
2005-04-29, 05:04
As far as I know, .WAV files cannot be tagged. However .FLAC files ARE tagged, and LOSSLESS. SB2 works perfectly with .FLAC Best approach is to rip CD's to FLAC using EAC, for bit-perfect extraction. Also, if for any reason you need to edit tags after ripping the files, and if running Windows OS, I recommend a freeware program called AudioShell which lets you edit .FLAC tags by just right-clicking on the file!

Howard Darwen
2005-04-29, 07:09
as far as i know you can tag wavs using the INFO chunk but hardly any
software supports this, and those that do are fairly unuseable for mass
tagging.

EAC lets you add an ID3tag to a WAV, but am not sure if slim will pick this
up (most software will not).

i spent ages trying to do this and in the end just decided FLAC was my only
option. and am happy i went that way now as it saves me disc space as well.

thx.

h.

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of sleepysurf
Sent: 29 April 2005 13:05
To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
Subject: [slim] Re: Tagging WAV files



As far as I know, .WAV files cannot be tagged. However .FLAC files ARE
tagged, and LOSSLESS. SB2 works perfectly with .FLAC Best approach is
to rip CD's to FLAC using EAC, for bit-perfect extraction. Also, if for
any reason you need to edit tags after ripping the files, and if running
Windows OS, I recommend a freeware program called AudioShell which lets
you edit .FLAC tags by just right-clicking on the file!


--
sleepysurf

dean
2005-04-29, 08:20
On Apr 29, 2005, at 7:09 AM, Howard Darwen wrote:

> as far as i know you can tag wavs using the INFO chunk but hardly any
> software supports this, and those that do are fairly unuseable for
> mass
> tagging.
This is true.
>
> EAC lets you add an ID3tag to a WAV, but am not sure if slim will
> pick this
> up (most software will not).
SlimServer will pick up ID3 tags in WAV files generated by a utility
from TurtleBeach (and I imagine EAC as well).

> i spent ages trying to do this and in the end just decided FLAC was
> my only
> option. and am happy i went that way now as it saves me disc space
> as well.
I agree, FLAC is a much better solution overall.

Frank L
2005-04-29, 18:14
I tagged my WAV files with MusicMatch. I'm using the paid version -- I'm
not sure what restrictions the free version has. The tags seem to work
perfectly on Slimserver. I even get artwork.

If you are using CDDB to tag existing files (i.e., not ripping from a CD),
it can be a bit cumbersome because Musicmatch doesn't guess the whole
album -- it might think tracks are coming from two or more albums. You can
select the correct albums, but it takes time. If you rip with MusicMatch,
it will guess the whole album.

I hope that helps.

-- Frank


"Tom Goodacre" <tom (AT) tomgoodacre (DOT) com> wrote in
message news:20050429113007.2840544982 (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com...
> Now the squeezbox2 supports 802.11g there should be no problem streaming
> audio (wav files) directly to it. Whilst the quality of well encoded MP3's
> is pretty good, *.wav files sound just that little bit better. Although
> I've
> got a fairly big collection of MP3's I'm thinking about starting to rip my
> CD's just to wav - especially as storage space is so cheap these days.
>
> Does anyone know if it's possible to tag wav files so that they behave in
> the same way as MP3's within slimserver? If I'm missing something then my
> apologies - I'm still waiting for my unit to arrive (the UK is having
> supply
> problems) and haven't had time to play.
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Tom Goodacre