[lug] audio questions

dio2002 at indra.com dio2002 at indra.com
Thu May 8 21:23:23 MDT 2008

good info.  appreciate it.

David Morris wrote:
> On Thu, May 08, 2008 at 04:03:59PM -0600, dio2002 at indra.com wrote:
>> assuming you have a bunch (a crapload) of MP3 files
>> already on disk, can  tools like amrok be used in "bash
>> script" mode to mass id3 (re)tag the  existing file
>> collection to speed up the ops?  i'm thinking if the files
>> were organized in artist and album directories and the
>> file names were  equivalent to track names, this could be
>> scripted to put the info in  there.  does amrok make this
>> easy?
> The best tool I've found for mass changes to ID3 tags is to
> use the application 'quodlibet'.  As a player it nice, but
> not spectacular.....however it has the most powerful tool
> I've yet seen for making changes to ID3 tags, including the
> ability to use regular expressions.  Equally useful for
> renaming files based on ID3 tags (again, including regular
> expression support).
> If you have a consistent file naming convention, you set the
> pattern for how to decode tags, kick it off, and let it run
> until complete.  If you have a large number of files,
> consider doing them in batches because updates to the GUI
> will be faster, and thus the overall task will take less
> time.....or look around for a command-line script using the
> 'ex falso' library.
> Just be prepared to wait a LONG time to make changes if you
> have a huge library....Its designed for flexibility, NOT
> speed when changing tags on 60+ GB of mp3/ogg format files!
> The actual engine for tagging is called 'ex falso' which is
> a separate library....might be used in other applications,
> I've never checked.
> --David
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