18 Dec 2005 Rippit   » (Apprentice)

Ask Advogato: MP3 id3 tagging software?

Or Christian Gangsta Rap 1, Contemporary Piano 0

Can someone direct Rippit to a Free or Open Source MP3 id tagging program that's better than those available in Debian Sarge? What I'd like is a command-line tagger that takes all its tag info either from the command line, or that will read them from a text file.

I've been able to encode MichaelCrawford's music into various formats, and to tag each file appropriately, but am having trouble applying id3 tags to the MP3s.

lame won't let me apply a genre name that is not already in its hardcoded list. Thus it will allow me to say a file's genre is "Christian Gangsta Rap" but it won't allow me to say its genre is "Contemporary Piano".

I tried various means of adding a comment tag to the files, but none of the programs I tried would make a comment that would show up in iTunes 4.9 for Mac OS X. Finally, just trying to get the job done, I finished my tagging with iTunes.

The last thing I did was use Creative Commons' ccPublisher to tag the mp3s as having a Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 2.5 license. ccPublisher then deleted ALL my id3 tags, added its TCOP tag with the licensing info, and rendered my mp3s unplayable, either in iTunes or in VLC Media Player. Now I'm re-encoding them all over again.

I couldn't find a contact address on ccPublisher's web page so I just emailed my bug report to Lawrence Lessig.

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