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Ken Hokugo
2004-07-13, 14:03
Hi,

I am so close to getting Squeezebox, pending arrival of my new PC. I just
got 500GB HDD. I have downloaded Slimserver SW and tried it and found it to
be pretty easy to use. My questions may not be necessarily directly
related to Squeezbox, but please bear with me. I truly appreciate your
input.

1. How to change the info in WAV file.
Trying out my current library which I ripped with EAC. Some has composer
name (I am a classic fan), some has performer name, some don't. How can I
"streamline" or change/add the contents info on the WAV file, so that it
would be easier to manage it by Slimserver?

2. EAC or iTune?
With EAC, the WAV file is created as an album or track-by-track. "Image"
function of EAC is easier to rip, but would I have to rip track by track to
be "seen" by the Slimserver?
Also, iTune seems to have much broader database access when it comes to the
content of CD. In other words, iTune can download the content via internet
whith EAC can't. I like EAC, but iTune is easier when it comes to the CD
info. Any suggestion? What do you guys to use to rip the CDs?

3. Directory (Folder) structure
Maybe I should just get Squeezebox and try it, but how the directory
structure should be? Create each directory (folder) for each CD? Or, just
dump the WAV file (or else) in one directory "My XXX"?

My apologies for newbie naive questions. I am sure I will have many more
once I get the SB, but please help my curious mind! Thanks!

Ken

Pat Farrell
2004-07-13, 22:04
At 05:03 PM 7/13/2004, Ken Hokugo wrote:
>1. How to change the info in WAV file.
>Trying out my current library which I ripped with EAC. Some has composer
>name (I am a classic fan), some has performer name, some don't. How can I
>"streamline" or change/add the contents info on the WAV file, so that it
>would be easier to manage it by Slimserver?


There is typically zero data about the song in a wav file.
Wave files are just PCM data, typically 44.1kHz and 16 bits per
sample.

The compressed formats include meta tags, with places for
artist, genre, song title, track number, etc.

I use flac, free, lossless, wonderful. for notes see
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/killthecd.html
Others use ogg, mp3, aac, etc.
Also you may find http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/tips.html
useful.


>2. EAC or iTune?
>With EAC, the WAV file is created as an album or track-by-track. "Image"
>function of EAC is easier to rip, but would I have to rip track by track
>to be "seen" by the Slimserver?

EAC lets you chose the compression and meta formats.
Free, works, gets data from freedb or cddb.
You are correct, there are errors in the databases, both
freedb and cddb. Its a feature. I found something like 90% of
the time you either get the right tracks/CD or can select from
a suitable match. For some small percentage, you have
to enter track names yourself.


>EAC, but iTune is easier when it comes to the CD info. Any
>suggestion? What do you guys to use to rip the CDs?

EAC will fetch data for you, live over the internet.
So will CDex.


>3. Directory (Folder) structure
>Maybe I should just get Squeezebox and try it, but how the directory
>structure should be? Create each directory (folder) for each CD? Or,
>just dump the WAV file (or else) in one directory "My XXX"?

I have a hierarchical folder structure. "/songs/" is the root,
then genre/artist/album/
with separate tracks for each song in the album/CD.

You can do what you personally prefer, I like to have
only a modest number of files in the directories.

Having thousands of files in a single directory is not a great idea
even if your OS will support it. It makes library management
a pain....

pat