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Old 01-23-2012, 11:06 PM
 
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I apologize if this is not the right forum for this. I play most of my mp3 files in windows media player. A lot of times you can see the name of the song listed on the media player. But sometimes it just lists Song 1, Song 2, Song 3, etc.

I tried to look at the properties of the file but can't figure out what is driving that title of the song. For some songs that I like I'd like to put the real name in so I can get familiar with it when it's playing.

Thanks
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:48 AM
 
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It's the meta data embedded in the file.

ID3 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


When you rip a file it's usually the whole CD, the program you are using to rip the disc can look up on the internet this information based on how many tracks, length etc to identify the album and insert this information. I don't know how well they work for identifying individual tracks.

You can do it manually too but that's a lot of work, you can use this for either automatic or manual editing:

http://www.mp3tag.de/en/
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Where did you obtain these songs?

If you ripped them from CD, 99% of them will get the ID tags automatically because WMP will look it up for you.

If you purchased the music from a real store (e.g. Amazon) it will also have proper ID information.

If you downloaded them from a file sharing site, all bets are off.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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you could use itunes to write/embed song info
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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Where did you obtain these songs?

If you ripped them from CD, 99% of them will get the ID tags automatically because WMP will look it up for you.

If you purchased the music from a real store (e.g. Amazon) it will also have proper ID information.

If you downloaded them from a file sharing site, all bets are off.
That's probably where the problem is. I have ripped a lot of my CD's. But I had a few albums that I got from my roommate. I guess he downloaded them awhile ago.

Thanks for the info guys! Learn something everyday!
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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It's the meta data embedded in the file.

ID3 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


When you rip a file it's usually the whole CD, the program you are using to rip the disc can look up on the internet this information based on how many tracks, length etc to identify the album and insert this information. I don't know how well they work for identifying individual tracks.

You can do it manually too but that's a lot of work, you can use this for either automatic or manual editing:

Mp3tag - the universal Tag Editor (ID3v2, MP4, OGG, FLAC, ...)
Thanks.

The second link you provided. If I already have the CD on my computer I really can't do much with that link correct?
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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That's probably where the problem is. I have ripped a lot of my CD's. But I had a few albums that I got from my roommate. I guess he downloaded them awhile ago.

Thanks for the info guys! Learn something everyday!
If you open a purchased audio CD in your PC as a file, you will see unnamed files with the format "wav." WAV files do not have tags. When you rip such a CD, which typically converts it to MP3 format, software looks up the CD against a database and matches "track 1" to the named song of the album. The ripping software will assign the tags.

If your friend created an audio CD from his MP3 library, he told the software to create WAV files. Any tagging in the MP3 files is lost.
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:00 PM
 
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The second link you provided. If I already have the CD on my computer I really can't do much with that link correct?
If you have all the tracks it's possible. I'm not so sure for single track, never really tried it. It's certainly possible to "fingerprint" a song but that becomes problematic for many reasons.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:28 PM
 
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If you have all the tracks it's possible. I'm not so sure for single track, never really tried it. It's certainly possible to "fingerprint" a song but that becomes problematic for many reasons.

yea it's the whole album, not just 1 song. I guess I'll download the program and give it a shot. Thanks
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:52 AM
 
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You might also try to "Find Album Info" in Windows Media Player.

I have had a couple of albums where the info was wrong, and I was able to manually select the album by going to the Album list, right clicking on the album, and selecting "find album info". It will let you hunt for the album in a list, and then it will update the tags for you.
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