[ID3 Dev] ISRC Codes

Nicholas J Humfrey njh at aelius.com
Thu Sep 24 10:54:05 PDT 2009

Anything is editable if someone builds an editor to allow you to edit  

I would have thought that the ISRC field would be something that the  
user shouldn't be allowed to edit - it should be extracted from the CD  
(if available) and then left alone...

This is the behavior of Max (CD ripping software for Mac OS X).

Is anyone aware of some software which does allow you to edit the  
ISRC? (other than command-line tools)


On 24 Sep 2009, at 13:01, Marvin Hamlet <marvmove at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> As a publisher, I know that prior to publishing, I can populate my  
> ID3 tags with all sorts of information; but I'm also aware that any  
> end-user can simply delete or modify any of my tags if they so  
> choose. I know that using custom tags can make this a little more  
> difficult, since some tag editors are only capable of deleting  
> fields they recognise and not just ALL ID3 tags, but the potential  
> is still there.
> I'd love it if there was a way to lock a tag somehow, and if any of  
> you know of a way, I'd be glad to hear it, but that's not my main  
> question today...
> I want to add an ISRC code to a product, but I want to know if the  
> ISRC field in ID3 is simply an editible tag that can easily be  
> deleted/modified or if it can act like one of the fixed file  
> attributes like the ones I've just described?
> If you compare it to ISAN, which is a similar system used for video  
> files, all the major video formats have a placeholder for an ISAN  
> code, which is separate from the tags, meaning one can be confident  
> of it remaining as part of the file regardless of any additional tag  
> editing. I want to know if ISRC can be embedded in the same way for  
> audio files?
> I realise this may not really come under the ID3 domain, but I'm  
> hoping some of you could shed some light or point me in the right  
> direction?
> Thanks
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