[ID3 Dev] What frame to use?

Pascal Hibon phibon at scarlet.be
Mon Apr 12 10:56:04 PDT 2010

Hi guys,


Thank you both for the reply.

One other question. I have searched for the TCMP frame in the ID3v2.4
definition but I couldn't find it. I'm interested to know how this frames
should be constructed.

iTunes is doing it like this:


TCMP xx xx xx xx yy yy 00 31 00 if the file is part of a compilation. (xx xx
xx xx = size and yy yy are the flags).

Would this be the correct way to do it?


Thank you,




From: Jud White [mailto:judson.white at gmail.com] 
Sent: zondag 11 april 2010 22:10
To: id3v2 at id3.org
Subject: Re: [ID3 Dev] What frame to use?


You can use TCMP in ID3v2.3. It's not official, but a lot of players support

If you mean how to identify the artist of the compilation, for example, a DJ
compilation, I've seen TXXX VA Artist used, not by iTunes, but that's the
closest thing I've seen. In case the scenario isn't clear here's an example
http://bit.ly/cpx7lL (amazon.com) where Reid Speed would be the VA Artist
and Dylan, K, Filthy Dirty Rich v. Angelai, etc would go in TPE1.

On Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 3:57 PM, Paul Taylor <paul_t100 at fastmail.fm> wrote:

Pascal Hibon wrote:


Let's say we have a song with title A from artist B that is recorded an
album called C. The album C is a compilation album. So A, B and C would use
the following frames:

TIT2 = A


TPE1 = B

In what frame would I identify the "compilation" or various artists? I have
looked into the ID3v2.3 standard but I couldn't find a specific frame for
such information. What ID3v2.3 frame should I use for that kind of

Thank you,


In ID3v24 you would use TCMP, no such frame exists for ID3v23 but I would
use TCMP for this as well, this is what iTunes does


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