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jamie evans
2003-12-04, 12:15
Any recommendations on a good,quick, and easy piece of software to
re-tag mp3's? I have tried one or two and would love to find/use one
that is as good and simple as audiograbber for tagging for example. So
the big question is what do other slimp users use and what indeed do the
guys at slim use??
Cheers folks
jamie

Caleb Epstein
2003-12-04, 12:23
On Thu, Dec 04, 2003 at 07:15:47PM -0000, jamie evans wrote:

> Any recommendations on a good,quick, and easy piece of software to
> re-tag mp3's? I have tried one or two and would love to find/use one
> that is as good and simple as audiograbber for tagging for
> example. So the big question is what do other slimp users use and
> what indeed do the guys at slim use??

On the PC side, I have found the best apps for tagging (or
re-tagging) MP3s to be:

* MediaTagger - http://www.volny.cz/media-tagger/eng/index.html
* iTunes - I think you can find this one :)

MediaTagger has some more powerful features, like methods for
turning filenames into tags and vice-versa. It can even tag
FLAC and OGG files. I like it a lot.

For MP3s, iTunes has a nice and simple interface, but it
seems to only edit ID3V2 tags. If you have both tag formats on
your MP3s, they'll get out of sync when you edit with iTunes.

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Omen Wild
2003-12-04, 12:55
Quoting jamie evans <jamie._evans (AT) btopenworld (DOT) com> on Thu, Dec 04 19:15:
>
> Any recommendations on a good,quick, and easy piece of software to
> re-tag mp3's?

On my Debian system there is a package easytag that seems to do the
trick <http://easytag.sourceforge.net>. Very flexible and very
powerful. I'm still getting use to the interface but it seems to work
well.

From the readme:
* View, edit, write ID3 tags of MP3, MP2, FLAC files (supporting ID3v2 and
ID3v1.x specifications), Ogg Vorbis files, and APE tag for MusePack and
Monkey's Audio files,
* Auto tagging: parse filename and directory to complete automatically the
fields (using masks),
* Ability to rename files from the tag (using masks) or by loading a text file,
* Process selected files of the selected directory,
* Ability to browse subdirectories,
* Recursion for tagging, removing, renaming, saving...,
* Can set a field (artist, title,...) to all other selected files,
* Read file header informations (bitrate, time, ...) and display them,
* Undo and redo last changes,
* Ability to process fields of tag and file name (convert letters into
uppercase, downcase, ...),
* Ability to open a directory or a file with an external program,
* CDDB support (from http protocol),
* A tree based browser,
* A list to select files,
* A playlist generator window,
* A file searching window,
* Simple and explicit interface!,
* French, German, Russian, Dutch, Hungarian, Swedish, Italian, Japanese,
Ukrainian, Czech, Spanish, Polish and Romanian translation language,
* Written in C and uses GTK+ 1.2 for the GUI.

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Robert P. Goldman
2003-12-04, 13:14
I've ALMOST liked easytag. The thing I don't like about it is that it
seems to go out there and start making all kinds of changes without my
taking any action, and without making it clear what changes it's
making.

I'd much rather have a program that I explicitly aim at a particular
file or directory and explicitly give it directions about what I want
changed.

Also, I'd like it if I could add some of the new ID3v2 tags that are
more friendly to classical music and jazz. The v1 tags are really
only (barely) adequate to modern pop in the singer/songwriter mode.
When composers, performers, songwriters, etc. are different, it's
hopelessly inadequate.

Sadly, while there seem to be a bunch of libraries out there for
dealing with the new tagsets, I haven't found a very happy GUI for
them (on Linux).

Also, I wish there were a consistent way of treating multiple artist
CDs....


Cheers,
R