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About a month ago, I ripped all our CDs to the computer. For the second time. The first time I did it, was about 3-4 years ago, and I ripped them to 128kbs because of limited space(15Gb HDD).

Now I have all our CDs ripped again to Wav files, figuring this would yield the best sound quality. Which is almost night and day in quality. And since I have a half used 1Tb WD black

The first 1/4 of all the CDs are fine, and come up in all programs like Itunes, WMP, and RythmBox. But all the rest come up as unknown, and even though they are all organized in folders and with names. My guess is I somehow messed up and "turned off" the MP3tag system when I was ripping.

I DL MP3Tag v2.48 and ran it on my directory folder for my new Wav files. And it only pulls up the ones with the Mp3Tag already inplace. Id rather not re-rip all the CDs, as it is a large collection(3-4 hundred at first guess)

1 Did I somehow mess up the tagging system??
2 How do I go about adding in MP3Tags for the rest??
3 What program do I need to fix this??
4 What player do you use for playback??

Thanks for any help and pointers. And hopefully this is an easy fix.
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1. Not sure what program you're using to rip so can't really help you out there. Looks like you just toggled an option to include tags or something like that.

2. I use MediaMonkey to tag and organize all my files. Does it all automatically.

3. See above.

4. For playback I use foobar2000. It's the most customizable player out there. If you're looking for something more plug n' play I would look at J River media player.
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What software did you use to rip the album?
    
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I used Nero 9 I believe. I already disassembled the computer I used to rip them(to turn it into a true HTPC). Thinking about it, its been since before Christmas when I ripped them. And I know I used Nero 9 at the time when I did, so I would say thats what I used.

I will give mediamonkey a try.
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1) WAV format is a container format - ID3 tags are written after the container. Thus, you are generally not able to write persistent tags to WAV files. Some programs can write tags (not ID3) to a WAV file when it is first ripped (these are unchangeable). When you try to add tag data to WAVs, your programs probably write the info to an internal database and show those "tags" along with the WAV files.

2) To write ID3 tags, choose another format. I know it's time-consuming, but WAV is not the format to pick for tags. If you're looking for quality, try MP3 @ 320kbps or FLAC.

3) MediaMonkey and MP3Tag will both handle tags well.

4) I use foobar2000.
Edited by JoeWalsh - 4/4/11 at 3:51pm
post #6 of 10
I use winamp pro to rip/manage/tag all my music. It has a nifty auto-tag option that can do vary large numbers of tracks at once.
Edit: I also second using .flac for archival of music.
Edited by DiHydrogenMonOxide - 4/4/11 at 5:34pm
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Well I am in the process of changing tags. After working on it a bit, in MediaMonkey, I realized all the info is in the filenames. And after figuring out I can use it to automatically convert the tags, it did 99% of the job. And, at least in MediaMonkey, it is all organized and working properly. Just need to fix the files that had symbols in the names. They got all cluttered up for some reason.

Now, I am getting an error when opening Itunes, but I will install that later.

Thanks guys for the help, you saved me days of work.

Now, what are the benefits of FLAC over mp3/wav??

EDIT: any easy ways to import all my album artwork?? I was able to do it to the first couple of CDs I "retagged", but cant get it to do it again.

Repped to all that helped BTW
Edited by goodtobeking - 4/4/11 at 8:46pm
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post #8 of 10
In simple definitions: FLAC is lossless (so is WAV, but it doesn't store ID3 tags like FLAC), MP3 is lossy.

WAV files typically have a bitrate of 1411kbps. FLAC has a variable bitrate that is proportional to the original signal (thus the "lossless" label). MP3 maxes at 320kbps.
WAV files are typically uncompressed. FLAC files are compressed (but lossless), and MP3s are compressed.
A 65MB WAV file will convert to a ~45MB FLAC file, which will convert to a ~20MB MP3 @ 320kbps file.

Many people choose FLAC because of the lossless label. If you listen to a FLAC file and a corresponding MP3 file and don't notice a difference (or notice one and don't care), then consider MP3. The size difference can make it worth the loss of quality.

Dunno about the album art right now.
post #9 of 10
I would try 320kbps mp3, virtually no different than FLAC. Would eat my hat if you can tell the difference
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I just use Mp3tag for album art as well. If you felt that using Mediamonkey to tag the files was easy Mp3tag should be easy as well. But for album art its just a matter of right clicking the empty space (bottom left hand corner of program) and selecting "Add Cover" before clicking save..
    
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