Hermit wrote: klr wrote:
Hermit wrote:none of this is particularly useful without a database with which particular titles can be searched for, and I don't really know a lot about databases, particularly relational ones.
That should be taken care of as you rip the CDs, assuming you are connected to the internet as you do it. Most CDs can be identified via an on-line database - freedb.org is the most-used. You just configure whatever software is doing the ripping to look that up for each CD. There'll still be the odd issue with unrecognised CDs, or (more often), multiple entries for some CDs. All the information will be stored in tags in each MP3 track (or whatever), and there are plenty of programs for managing that information.
Thanks for the link, klr. In addition to being able to search by title, I'd also like to be able to search by composer, performer, director, actor, year of publication and content (the latter being retrievable from a field containing tag words and / or synopses). And being able to bookmark particular highlights within a piece would be nice too.
Looks like I have quite a bit of learning to do.
Start a separate thread for this if you want - there's probably a lot of detail to go through.
What gets stored for a given CD or even track depends on whoever submitted the information. Certainly for classical works you would expect to see many/all of the above ID3 tags populated, but it's variable. For popular works, only the "basic" tags such as artist, album, track title, etc. are usually populated. Of course there's nothing stopping you entering or updating track information yourself for any local files you create.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ID3
Făkünamę wrote:Amarok will update the ID3 tags so long as your track titles are correct.
Amarok probably holds its own database of information which is built from whatever is in the tags for all tracks it has scanned. Most other music management programs (e.g., Media Monkey) work the same way. Ultimately though, it's the tags in the tracks themselves that are the most important information, because everything else is derived from them. That can include things like automatically generated file and folder names - e.g., artist\album\track_number - track_name.mp3
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