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Old 11-30-2003, 07:27 PM   #1
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Lost in the id3v2 tagger/renamer wilderness

I do not have Gnome or KDE on my Slack system - I do have QT and some GTK stuff laying around but that doesn't do a hell of a lot of good in most cases. I've got a *lot* of files with busted names and sometimes problematic recognition of tags. I'm looking for a flexible yet simple renamer that can handle id3v2 files without going weird on me and can rename the files based on the tag. And that can convert id3v1x and id3v2 tags back and forth. Preferable in a gui with a preview function or at least with a 'test' mode from the CLI. I don't want to rename them and look at the carnage and say 'Oh, $#!t.' when I'm done.

I was using EasyTAG (yeah, go ahead and laugh - vorbiscomment is not my idea of fun) but it doesn't seem to recognize perfectly good tags all of a sudden. (Made in Windows with Tagscanner 4.5/4.7, but still...) It's fine with adding vorbis tags but doesn't seem to handle mp3 tags well. I had to apply a patch to the sourcecode over another issue - maybe I screwed it up, but I doubt it. Still works fine with oggs.

Amazingly, a search of LQ turned up a whopping 3 threads.

I've already been doing this and downloaded and compiled several before I gave up and came here - 'How was your Sunday, digiot?' 'Well, I spent the whole frigging day compiling taggers, thanks. You?' I was wondering if anyone could help me out with direct experience of the Killer App. Donkey shine.

PS - how the hell do you extract tag info from a file? If I knew that, maybe I could just do a script.

-- Got to thinking and did 'strings' but

TAGPretty Vacant
Sex Pistols
Never Mind the Bollocks
1977digiot rip (02-04-27)

at the end doesn't seem real helpful.

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Old 11-30-2003, 08:00 PM   #2
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I use a handy little tool called v2strip to remove the v2 tags from the files (you can find it on Freshmeat). Once you do that, you can use mp3info to edit the v1 tags.
Old 11-30-2003, 08:19 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks for the reply. It's not so much that I want to strip v2 or modify v1 (I mean, all that functionality would be nice) but my main thing is to take valid id3v2 tags and have them be recognized and used to rename the files. I'll give it a try, though.
Old 11-30-2003, 08:52 PM   #4
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-- I do not understand this. Certain programs display the id3v2 *and* v1 tags just fine and certain programs don't. I guess I'm screwed. I can't rename from the tag if the tags not being read properly and I can't tag from the name if the name's not right - besides which, quite a bit of the information is only in the tag and not in the title. I do not feel like retagging a zillion files one by one - I don't even know what information should be there in some cases.

Anyway - mp3info seems nice enough but it's not reading some tags. It lists '_.mp3' when it should be 'artist_title.mp3'. Then this xid3 gives me 'error when executing mp3info: [different mp3info] no SYNC in file foo.' But then 'id3v2 -l foo' displays correctly. Okay - on that one I have no id3v1 tag, apparently. (Though I get contradictions from app to app, regardless.) And id3v2 ever so helpfully gives me a '-C' option to convert id3v1 to id3v2. But, uh, I need to do it *the other way around*. Argh. None of these apps do enough things, which is fine, as they could work together - but they don't play well with others, either. *sigh*

-- This is ridiculous. I'm going to have to boot XP on the other computer again just to get to Tagscanner so I can make sure all my id3v2 are converted to id3v1 and then my filenames are renamed from that. Then reburn all the damn things and move them back to this computer... or finally setup a network. This shouldn't be hard.

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