View Full Version : Question from a newbie.

2004-07-13, 17:16

> 1. How to change the info in WAV file.

I don't know. I have used CoolEdit/Adobe Audition for ages, for
converting LPs.
Different programs interpret the limited number of fields in a WAV file
differently (wrongly),
so I've never bothered too much with them.

> 2. EAC or iTune?

EAC uses FreeDB. I have so far found only two very obscure CDs that it
didn't recognise.
The main problem I find converting to MP3 is when the tracks run into
each other - there is
no distinct gap of silence in between. Recent versions of Lame offer
gapless encoding, which
you have to run manually after extracting to wav.

> 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"?

Whatever you feel comfortable with, and it will vary with your
My preference is to have top level directory as genre,
then performer/group then album, but classical stuff goes
sub-genre (opera/symphony), then composer, then maybe title of work,
then performer, although different categories have different structures.
I think in the end I will use symbolic links to create extra browse
so I can find by composer, etc. Classical stuff is badly served, since
there was
no concept of composer in the MP3 version 1 ID flags. So lots of cases
suggest using
the artist field for the composer, and now even with V2 ID flags,
the databases might still be incorrect.

You can run the Softsqueeze java program (it comes in the slimserver
installation) to get an approximate feel for what the squeezebox is like
to operate. I find its sound quality is poor at the moment but you get a
fairly good approximation of the controls and music navigation.