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yooper
2007-07-28, 17:55
Short of manually checking each album (have almost 1000 flac albums) for correct genres and years, I'm wondering if a plug in or program exists for Mac which may save me lots of time and do this for me. I did search, but I failed to find the information I am looking for, perhaps I missed it.

I have spent a lot of time ensuring my tags are good, but never did pay attention to genres/years and would like to have my library as accurate as possible.

Thanks,

Mark

tot
2007-07-28, 18:47
I have spent a lot of time ensuring my tags are good, but never did pay attention to genres/years and would like to have my library as accurate as possible.

I have found that both of these are bit hard to get right (for what you want).

Year is easy for albums sounds easy, but what if it is a MFSL issue or something special, do you want the original year or the actual issue. What about collections (best of or compilation), the year per track when released or the year of the collection. I personally go for the original album/track year if easily available.

Genre is even worse, how fine grained you want it who's the jugde. Since I am bad judging genres I go for mostly wikipedia and if multiple listed I pick what I mostly think and will remember.

I prefer consistency and something useful but still find crap in my collection when looking afterwards.

I highly doubt you can automate this unless you want some random results. But if random is what you want, why bother.

pfarrell
2007-07-28, 19:28
I have spent a lot of time ensuring my tags are good, but never did pay attention to genres/years and would like to have my library as accurate as possible.


I know of no tool to do it, altho there are lots of software to read the tags, ogg comments, etc. Including mine -- which is written in Java and should run on OS-X

I think you might get close with years, but what year do you want? when the LP was released? when the CD was first released? When your particular CD was produced?

Genres are hopeless. They are too broad, and ill defined. If you have anything other than POP/Rock/rap, there is no way to get it right.

I've spent hours, probably close to hundreds of hours on my small (<800 CDs) collection. It was why I wrote my Java utilities, and I've lost the will to keep it up.

Collection management and classification are serious parts of "library science"

gharris999
2007-07-28, 21:17
If you feel that you can trust your own judgment as to what belongs in what genre, then you can always arrange your library in /genre/artist/album trees on your hard disk. Then, you can use any of a number of tagging utilities to mass-set the genre tags in your flacs accordingly.

Genre classification is pretty subjective, IMHO. Trust your gut. If someone takes exception to one of your classifications, just smile and say "Yes, I know that some might see that as a whimsical choice. But I meant it as a ironic statement. Didn't you get it?"

egd
2007-07-28, 21:21
This may or may not be of use to you as I've no idea how well/if Windows emulation works on a Mac, however:

I've done all my tagging using mp3tag and the allmusic script that dan be downloaded from the mp3tag forum. What this has in effect allowed me to do is to tag and save all the metadata that allmusic uses to describe an album, viz. albumart Review, Rating, Genre, Year, Styles, Moods & Themes eg @ http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3pfpxq95ld6e. Whilst all but artist, album, year and genre are for all intents and purposes useless within slimserver, you will at least get the correct year and consistent genre information. Due to licensing restrictions the tagging process can unfortunately not be fully automated to trawl through your entire collection.

I still have it in the back of my mind to develop an add-in/ separate application at some point that builds a relational db from this lot or augments the slimserver db, exposing this metadata and allowing you to display it and use it for generating playlists. My thinking is that if I do get around to it, it will likely be a standalone application that interfaces with allmusic.com to retrieve metadata and interacts with slimserver via CLI, meaning it will become an alternative PC based front-end. Ambitious, I know, but damnit I want to enjoy my music my way.