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    Companion programs to SlimServer

    I was wondering what other programs people use to
    manage their music collections.

    I use Mp3tag (http://www.mp3tag.de/en/) to manage
    tags. I like the interface but sometimes the tag
    changes don't "take" and I have to do it in foobar.

    As an audio player I use foobar2000
    (http://www.foobar2000.org/). It cooperates nicely
    with SlimServer.

    For ripping I use dBpowerAMP,
    http://www.dbpoweramp.com/. I know, most people use
    EAC but I could never figure that program out, plus
    you have to convert to FLAC or MP3 in another step.
    Obviously all my ripping is done in FLAC, but I have
    to make MP3s for my PocketPC.

    Finally, I equalize volumes and write ReplayGain tags
    using MP3Gain, http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/.

    Any suggestions for alternatives? Any other programs
    you guys find useful?







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    I rip to wav under Linux using cdparanoia.

    I cut tracks as I see fit (I don't trust CD track markers with some nice home-grown software, which also creates FLAC encoding and tagging batch files for me.

    In my MP3 days, I loved ID3TagIt ( http://www.id3-tagit.de/ ).

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    I still use (amazingly enough) Audiostation from Voyetra/Turtle Beach. Under the covers, it's really just LAME. The user interface is a bit odd from time to time, and certain operations are slow, but mostly those aren't the ones I need, so no worries.

    For tagging I use tag and rename.
    http://www.softpointer.com/tr.htm

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    EAC for ripping. http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/

    The GodFather for tagging. http://users.otenet.gr/~jtcliper/tgf/

    Foobar2000 for ReplayGain. http://www.foobar2000.org/

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    I was using about 6 different programs for managing music. Now I do everything in J. River Media Center 11 Ś rip, tag, replaygain, play, burn, search for lyrics/cover art, move/rename files. It also has smart playlists that are infinitely configurable. My one big wish is that there was a plugin or something to share smart playlists, ratings, and play stats between MC and SS.
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    Companion programs to SlimServer

    I use EAC for ripping, together with MAREO & some DOS scripts I wrote to do
    the wav to FLAC conversion, tagging, etc. For playback on the local
    machine, I generally use foobar2K. I will also be using that for splitting
    and converting my single-file flacs when I get my iPod (Christmas). For
    cover art, I've used GotchaCoveredPro with some success.

    I had at one time used the PDF Catalogue Creator from the plugins page, and
    even started modifying the script a bit, despite my utter lack of Perl
    kung-fu. But then the new database came along. :-(

    Ed




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    I rip to wav with EAC

    For tagging: TagScanner http://xdev.narod.ru/tagscan_e.htm

    Convert to flac with flac frontend: http://members.home.nl/w.speek/flac.htm

    Convert to ogg with oggdropXPd: http://www.rarewares.org/ogg.html

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    I forgot one thing:

    I was recommended this program to make playlists

    http://bleucanard.mark1hosting.net/dbSched.htm

    I haven't tried it myself yet though

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    Companion programs to SlimServer

    On 10/31/05, Mark Lanctot <marklanctot (AT) yahoo (DOT) ca> wrote:
    > I use Mp3tag (http://www.mp3tag.de/en/) to manage
    > tags. I like the interface but sometimes the tag
    > changes don't "take" and I have to do it in foobar.


    I also use MP3Tag, and used to find the exact same issue you describe.
    What it turned out to be (for me, at least) was that some files had
    both ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags.
    Slimserver seems to be inconsistent in which tag it uses.

    What I did that fixed it completely was configure MP3Tag to show me
    which tags were in which files. Add two columns to MP3Tag
    (right-click column headers):

    Name: Current Tag
    Value: %_tag_read%
    Field:
    Sort by:

    Name: Tags In File
    Value: %_tag%
    Field:
    Sort by:

    Then, change Tools | Options |Tags | Mpeg:
    Read=ID3v1 and ID3v2
    Write=ID3v2

    To fix the actual problem, you can then find all the files that have
    both v1 and v2 tags, select them, and use File | Remove Tag. You
    should then have just ID3v2 tags in those files. For files that have
    only ID3v1 tags, you need to edit them somehow (set them to their
    existing genre, for example), which should add ID3v2 tags. Then do
    the above remove action.

    Hope that helps,
    Geoff

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    Companion programs to SlimServer

    Wow!

    This should help a lot. I was seeing more errors
    last night in how the tags were being interpreted.

    Thanks very much!

    Geoff B wrote:
    > On 10/31/05, Mark Lanctot <marklanctot (AT) yahoo (DOT) ca>

    wrote:
    >
    >>I use Mp3tag (http://www.mp3tag.de/en/) to manage
    >>tags. I like the interface but sometimes the tag
    >>changes don't "take" and I have to do it in foobar.

    >
    >
    > I also use MP3Tag, and used to find the exact same

    issue you describe.
    > What it turned out to be (for me, at least) was

    that some files had
    > both ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags.
    > Slimserver seems to be inconsistent in which tag it

    uses.
    >
    > What I did that fixed it completely was configure

    MP3Tag to show me
    > which tags were in which files. Add two columns to

    MP3Tag
    > (right-click column headers):
    >
    > Name: Current Tag
    > Value: %_tag_read%
    > Field:
    > Sort by:
    >
    > Name: Tags In File
    > Value: %_tag%
    > Field:
    > Sort by:
    >
    > Then, change Tools | Options |Tags | Mpeg:
    > Read=ID3v1 and ID3v2
    > Write=ID3v2
    >
    > To fix the actual problem, you can then find all the

    files that have
    > both v1 and v2 tags, select them, and use File |

    Remove Tag. You
    > should then have just ID3v2 tags in those files.

    For files that have
    > only ID3v1 tags, you need to edit them somehow (set

    them to their
    > existing genre, for example), which should add ID3v2

    tags. Then do
    > the above remove action.
    >
    > Hope that helps,
    > Geoff
    >

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