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jbloewheedle
2012-01-13, 08:13
Hi:
I am running squeezebox server on a Mac G5. All my music sits on an external hard drive and is 95% flac format files that have been converted from CD. Some were converted using dbpoweramp and some using another software (cant remember the name, it was shareware).
The files that were done with dbpoweramp mostly seem to have artwork, others don't. A few CD's seem to have gone into a folder of their own that have the flac's and a jpg with artwork. not sure how this happened.
Can someone recommend a mac compatible software that can tag artwork and organize files? When i look at the main directory it is just a bunch of flac files, not organized by artist or album. However it seems to come into squeezebox fine, without artwork.
Thanks

DK_Dennis
2012-01-13, 08:27
Picard can do that.

I've used it myself to get my own collection in "line"..

http://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard

jbloewheedle
2012-01-13, 17:21
I have to admit that my database is somewhat of a mystery. i think that it is because i converted to flac using 2 different programs (dbpoweramp and the other one I cant remember). the only thing that seems to read everything is squeezebox server, but without artwork. None of the other software seems to be able to read all the files, dbpoweramp sees them but there are no tags on ones it didnt convert, and media monkey doesnt see the dbpoweramp songs.WEIRD.

DK_Dennis
2012-01-14, 03:40
Could you run some sort of tagging program that lets you inspect the tags ?

I don't know what's best on Mac, but just to inspect if you have tags at all, you could try TAG, http://sbooth.org/Tag/

Lets start with finding out if you have tags at all - or if squeezebox server simply added them by file names...

Depending on the result of your investigation, it can probably be decided where to go next

elstensoftware
2012-01-14, 11:27
I write bliss which does artwork and organizes files but a disclaimer: it is commercial above "100 fixes" (if fixing paths and artwork this costs two fixes per album so will fix fifty albums).

Do the files have 'proper' names? Do they include the same artist or album information in the name that is shown on the SBS? If not, then the tags *must* be present, because there's no other way it could be getting this information (assume you aren't integrating SBS with iTunes either).

To make sure artwork is on your SBS follow all the rules here: http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/AlbumArtwork . You must either embed it or keep it in a file, one per album folder. Given you currently have all your files in one folder then SBS will otherwise rely on embedded art.

jbloewheedle
2012-01-17, 16:57
The songs do seem to have tags. The ones that were not encoded using dbpoweramp just have the album, artist, date, genre, title, and track number (but not 1 of 8 for example, just track 1).
The ones done by dbpoweramp seem to have everything.
All the files have similar names, ie 01 A night on the Town.flac or 01 Brown Sugar.flac
Does this help?
BTW thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.

Ron Olsen
2012-01-17, 21:45
Could you run some sort of tagging program that lets you inspect the tags ?

I don't know what's best on Mac, but just to inspect if you have tags at all, you could try TAG, http://sbooth.org/Tag/

Lets start with finding out if you have tags at all - or if squeezebox server simply added them by file names...

Depending on the result of your investigation, it can probably be decided where to go next

Here is a version of mp3tag for Mac OS X: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6229594/MP3Tag.app.zip

It's probably better than any other tagging program available for the Mac.