Friday, 12 September 2008

Ryhthmbox and ID3 tags

So I have Rythmbox creating mp3s at last :)

When I stick a CD in, off it goes to the magical interweb and fetches loads of meta data about the CD it has found in the drive... artist, album, track names year etc etc.

"Lovely" says I, assuming the work was done. If only it were that simple.

Turns out that while creating the mp3 files, from a CD that the software has found meta data for, the metadata is 'lost' and does not get written to the ID3 tags of the mp3 files. So I have to go back and edit them after ripping with EasyTag.

Now Easytag is a nice piece of software that makes writing the mp3 tags easy indeed, but that's not the point. I shouldn't have to use another program to fill in the tags when Ryhtmbox has already retrieved the appropriate data.

Apparently there is a flag that is available for use with Rhythembox (--enable-tag-writing) but it's a compile time tag. As Rythmbox was installed out-the-box at install time with Fedora I have no idea at all wether that flag is switched on and Rhythembox FAILs or whether the option is off and how to switch it on.

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