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March 2nd, 2007
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Now that I'm no longer working in an office ruled by PCs, I've migrated largely from Winamp to iTunes. And I'm discovering that in older versions of Winamp, the ID3 Comments field -- in which I stored all my song rating data, for portability -- wasn't properly handled.

In a nutshell, I have comment data in a few thousand songs that I need to be able to mass-retrieve and mass-move. Winamp wrote its ID3 v2.2 comment data to the *last* comment field (the standard supports an arbitrary number of comments, each labeled with a name); those comments need to be copied/overwritten to a *blank* (unnamed) comment field so that my other mp3 players can see them.

So I need an id3 tagger -- on windows or Mac; preferably Mac but either should work -- that supports batch processing of multiple comment fields and the ability to move arbitrary (or multiple) id3 comments into a blank comment. Or, if I may repeat myself, a program specifically designed to clean up after Winamp's mistakes.

I can't find either. Any recommendations?

(n.b. most of the mp3s in question also have id3 v1.1 tags and I potentially could pull the data from there. But I would need a program that supports batch copy of *just* the comment tag from v1 to v2. If I batch copy the entire v1 tag to v2, I lose long song/album/artist names.)

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From:arcturax
Date:March 3rd, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
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How well can you code? You might be able to write a program, perhaps in something even simple like perl or python, if you can find a library that can open MP3 ID3 tags. Then just aim it at a directory and let it rip.
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From:targaff
Date:March 3rd, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
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This is generally well regarded, being a program dedicated solely to that sort of thing.

Alternatively you could just use foobar2000, which I use to tag all my music since it has a pretty powerful built-in tagging system anyhow, and there's a great masstagger addon.
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From:wy
Date:March 3rd, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
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Have I suggested Musicbrainz?
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From:nolly
Date:March 5th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
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I'll see if my boss knows of any...id3.org is his site.
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From:nolly
Date:March 6th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
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This is the one he knows of, and also points to http://id3.org/Implementations (which I'm guessing you've seen).
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From:baxil
Date:March 6th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
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Small world! And thank you for the links ... if nothing else I might be able to grab a library and hack together something on my own.

(Though it would really suck to make a coding typo and scrub 10,000 mp3s worth of ID3 data ...)
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