8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2009 8:21 AM by InTheY2K
Jon Martin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
OK, this is not a complaint with itunes per se. All my music files on itunes have been meticulously tagged, arranged and ordered, and I don't have that common problem with the tags changing back to the ID3 data when I play any track.

However, I have recently started streaming it all using Simplify Music and on the SM playlists it's all over the shop - missing album names, incorrect band names, the lot. The tags are also corrupted in the Shared sub-folder that Simplify Music creates itunes.

Having looked on the Simplify Music support pages, it appears that it populates its playlists with the data from the ID3 tags, whereas itunes uses its own database.

So, how can I overwrite the ID3 tags with the data from itunes? I have mucked about with the "Convert ID3 tags" option on the right click menu but without any luck, and I'd be grateful for any advice.

Ta
Jon
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (20,585 points)
    Are you using MP3 or AAC format? If so, the information such as Artist, Album, etc that you see displyed in iTunes is the ID3 tag data. If you change it in iTunes, the new data is written to the tags, and if another program uses the same file it will see the new tag data.

    WAV files are handled differently, since they do not natively have tag data, and iTunes stores the info itself. Does that relate to your issue?
  • Jon Martin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It's all MP3 format. I've got a feeling that some of the files were write protected, so that might be why they've not updated correctly. I've disabled the write protect for the entire folder, and while it now updates the files with the correct data it wipes the album art in the process.

    Got a feeling it's going to be a long night correcting all this lot...

    Thanks ed.
  • InTheY2K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi,

    I'd like to pick this thread up again since I have the same problem.

    I have quite a pile of MP3s in my iTunes media library that I recorded from my CDs before I got iTunes (and lateron imported into iTunes).

    Within the iTunes library 99% of my album and track info is neatly looked after But when I play these MP3-tracks on a device other than my iPod they do not seem to have the information in the ID3-tags.

    Using the "Convert ID3 tags" did me a disservice as it overwrote my iTunes-info with the contents of the ID3 tags, so I had to repair almost half of my tracks, which were now either lacking the complete album info, carrying clipped names or other false info.

    So I need a function that writes the info FROM the iTunes media library TO the MP3's ID3 tags (because that's where I am sure that everything is correct).

    Any help is appreciated. I googled for hours but can't seem to find a tool that does exactly this. There are hundreds of ID3-tag-editors out there, but that's not what I need.

    Thanks,
    Sascha
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (20,585 points)
    InTheY2K wrote:


    So I need a function that writes the info FROM the iTunes media library TO the MP3's ID3 tags (because that's where I am sure that everything is correct).


    Sascha, iTunes does that! If you use "Get Info" in iTunes to change the artist/album/title information, the data is written to the file when you click OK.

    The only cases where this doesn't work are:
    1. if you don't have write permission on the file (in which case Get Info will be all gray)
    2. if it is a WAV file, since they do not have tags
    3. If you have multiple copies of the file and are looking at a different one than the one iTunes changed
    4. if you changed a piece of data that iTunes stores in its library rather than in the song tags, such as Rating
  • InTheY2K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi ed2345,

    thanks for your reply. Sorry for getting back to you so late.

    As to your ideas:

    1) I do have write permission on all files since I imported them myself from my CDs (before the iTunes era)
    2) The files are all in MP3-format, not WAV, I am pretty sure of that
    3) I only have one instance of my iTunes library and each file in there is unique.
    4) What I am missing in the ID3-tags is the standard information such as album title, artist, song title, year. I do not make use of any iTunes-specific information such as stars or the like.

    Hm, so there must be some other reason why I can't see the info

    What I was thinking of in my previous post, is a tool that does a batch processing of all the media files at once so it writes the info from the iTunes library to the respective ID3-tags.

    Cheers,
    Sascha
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    +1) I do have write permission on all files since I imported them myself from my CDs (before the iTunes era)+

    Ha ha. You only think you do!
  • InTheY2K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't only think I do, I know I do And even though I knew I double-checked and found I wasn't wrong.

    I DO have write permission on my MP3s.

    Now you!
  • InTheY2K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    To bring this to an end on my part: What didn't work with all tracks at once worked with selecting each track individually and using "Convert ID3 tags" with version 2.3.

    In step 2 I used the tool "The Godfather" to batch-copy all v2.3-tags to v1.1.

    Now I got my metadata as I wanted it

    Thank you!

    Sascha