[ID3 Dev] Need Help Understanding My Own Tags

Dale Preston dalepres at msn.com
Sun Feb 18 19:54:47 PST 2007

You can try my ID3 Raw Tag Viewer at
http://www.dalepreston.com/Blog/2007/02/id3-raw-tag-viewer.html.  It may be
just what you're looking for.  It doesn't yet support ID3V2.4 but it does
support ID3V1, V1.1, V2.2, V2.3.




From: John Slane [mailto:jaslane64 at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2007 12:15 PM
To: id3v2 at id3.org
Subject: [ID3 Dev] Need Help Understanding My Own Tags


I am not a developer.  I am a user who is very confused about how my id3v2
tags are being created and read by various software packages.  I have used
programs like iTunes, MediaMonkey, id3Tag, AllFrames Tagger, and more.  Each
of these seems to have its own way of writing metadata to an id3v2 tag.  And
each can read SOME of the frames written by the others.  Some of the frames
written are STANDARD frames (like YEAR), and others are NONSTANDARD (like
COMMENT MUSICMATCH_MOOD).  I am near despair in trying to figure out how one
program is going to interpret the frames written by another.

It seems to me that I would benefit greatly if I could simply see what
actual frames these programs are writing to.  The id3v2 standard defines
74(?) frames: AENC, APIC, COMM, COMR, ..... etc.  None of the tagger
software I mentioned above identifies which of these frames is actually
being used.  Therefore, I have no way of directly comparing the way these
programs read and write.

Can you suggest any available Windows software that will let me:
- read the tag of an mp3 file, 
- see the metadata in ALL the frames, and - most importantly -
- see the 4-letter code name (AENC, APIC, ...) for each frame?  

With such a tool, I could see what my music software is actually doing to
the tags, and figure out how to make the tags from one program work with

Freeware would be best, of course.... but I'm getting desperate enough to
buy if necessary. ;-)

Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  I have been working
on this for weeks, with virtually no progress whatsoever.

If my questions are not within the scope of this mailing list, please
forgive my ignorance.

If there is another authority I might more appropriately contact, I would
appreciate contact info.

John Slane
Dublin OH
jaslane64 at yahoo.com



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