iTunes – Fixing ID3 tags in MP3’s – Take two

Written by max on May 3, 2009

Overview

In these last three posts [1] [2] [3] I tackled fixing my existing MP3’s to make them more iTunes friendly. I did it with three Perl scripts using two different ID3 libraries : Audio::TabLib which is a Perl wrapper to KDE’s TagLib, and MP3::Tag.

I’ve since given up on MP3::Tag. Although updated recently, it still does not support ID3v2 2.4, which, unfortunately is the default in iTunes versions 7 and 8. So I’ve combined all

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iTunes – Copying ID3 Tags in your MP3s from ID3v1 to ID3v2 in Perl

Written by max on May 2, 2009

Update

I’ve consolidated this script into a new one. GO HERE : http://warped.org/blog/2009/05/03/itunes-fixing-id3-tags-in-mp3s-take-two/

Overview

MP3’s have been around almost 15 years now. In the beginning there was a slot in the top of the MP3 file where you could hold the Artist, Album Name, Title, Track Number, etc. This is called the ID3 tag, and is part of every MP3 file. Fast forward some years and the ID3 standard has changed a number of times from

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iTunes – Setting the Compilation Flag on MP3’s using Perl

Written by max on May 2, 2009

Update

I’ve consolidated this script into a new one. GO HERE : http://warped.org/blog/2009/05/03/itunes-fixing-id3-tags-in-mp3s-take-two/

Overview

If you have an album that’s a compilation or DJ mix, then Cover Flow gets confused and does not group all the tracks together into an album because there is a different “Artist” for each track.

iTunes gets around this by setting it’s own custom flag in the ID3 tag : the TCMP frame in ID3v2 to be specific.

The Script

The following script uses MP3::Tag to set the TCMP flag on

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ITunes – Embedding Folder.jpg into your MP3s for Cover Flow

Written by max on April 29, 2009

Update

I’ve consolidated this script into a new one. GO HERE : http://warped.org/blog/2009/05/03/itunes-fixing-id3-tags-in-mp3s-take-two/

Overview

Let’s say that you have a well organized MP3 collection that you previously used with something like nAMP / Apache::MP3 that already has album art in each directory. Or better yet, you have a friend who does!

You may have collected album art for every album that you have, but good old Itunes will not recognize that. It will only find album art based on the

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