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iangude
2006-12-18, 08:40
My current set up for ripping CDs to MP3s involves the use of two programs...

MusicMatch Jukebox
+ve - it tags nicely and gets the album art into the tag too
-ve - it doesnt use CDDB, hence often cant find cd info.

ITunes
+ve - it finds the stuff that MusicMatch cant find
-ve - it doesnt find the album art and stuff it in the tag.

Is there a program that will do both (ie use CDDB so it finds almost all the cds AND gets the album art into the tag) ?

BUT...

Should I also be using MediaPlayer11, so as to create a seperate .jpg album art file so that Windows Media Centre plays it ok. I cant go down this route on it's own, as my Archos player needs the album art in the tag.

Thoughts ?

Secret Squirrel
2006-12-18, 09:11
There have been MANY discussions on this forum regarding this but I have never put in my 2 cents worth, so here it goes...

I use Easy CD-DA Extractor (http://www.poikosoft.com/). I first rip my CDs to FLAC and then use the converter to convert the FLAC to MP3 for my Archos. In between those two processes I use Foobar 2000 to apply replay gain tags. Easy CD-DA will down load album covers and place them in the tags, but I do not use those imbedded tags. I also find that many CD's tags are not what I expect or need, so I use MP3tag to change/correct/spiff up. It's definitely a labor of love but worth your investment.

HTH,
SS

ddewey
2006-12-18, 09:14
Quoting iangude (iangude.2j0q4z1166456701 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com):

>
> My current set up for ripping CDs to MP3s involves the use of two
> programs...
>
> MusicMatch Jukebox
> +ve - it tags nicely and gets the album art into the tag too
> -ve - it doesnt use CDDB, hence often cant find cd info.
>
> ITunes
> +ve - it finds the stuff that MusicMatch cant find
> -ve - it doesnt find the album art and stuff it in the tag.

The new version of iTunes will find album art, all the version 7s do this.

I use ExactAudioCopy for all ripping, then use iTunes to put album art into
the tags. The whole thing can be done with iTunes but I am anal about using
EAC.

I don't RIP with iTunes, so it is possible this is a separate step (eg, rip,
then find album art and add it to tags) but at least it would use the same
program since that is your goal.

dd

iangude
2006-12-18, 12:11
...am I not right in thinking that the new version of Itunes doesnt update the tag info with the artwork - it just hold the artwork on the pc, so when you copy it off that PC, the artwork doesnt appear ...just tried it and it looks that way....

Paul_B
2006-12-18, 12:30
I use DBPowerAmp and like it very much. Beta 12 is stable and has lots of additional features that plug into AllMusic, etc. For any CDs that don't have the "correct" tabs I use MP3Tag (does all tags not just MP3)

MelonMonkey
2006-12-18, 13:01
iTunes 7 will get album art but not insert it into the music file. it will store it in its own folder for (currently) exclusive use by iTunes and iPods.

This isn't much of a problem. You can easily manually COPY and PASTE the artwork from the main iTunes view into selected tracks to force it to store within the tag metadata of the files.

Detailed instructions: http://twistedmelon.com/blog/sep2006.html

For Windows, use CTRL instead of "Command" to copy and paste where instructed.

If you have only a few albums worth of tunes this isn't very cumbersome. if you have a lot of music then you'll want to automate the process with a script.

In Mac OS X you can use AppleScript and there are a couple of existing scripts to do the job.

Get one here (inspired by above instructions): http://nslog.com/2006/09/24/itunes_artwork_in_id3/

Someone else will have to offer up a Windows-specific script/automated alternative.

The two best sources for album artwork on the net (bar none) are iTunes and RateYourMusic.com

To Rip in Windows, use EAC or AudioGrabber.

To Encode to MP3 use LAME.

Do anything other than the above for MP3 and you're wasting your time. For FLAC see http://Xiph.org