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Windows 7/Media Player 12 corrupts custom fields in MP3s’ ID3v2.3 tags, Was—Corrupted metadata/Appreciate any help finding the cause [specify]
metal_termite
post Jan 9 2012, 17:34
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From time to time for the last few years about 100-200 of my MP3s get randomly corrupted metadata and I have no idea what is causing it. Could it be Windows 7, foobar2000, or what?

I do know there are certain patterns. For instance, it seems that only custom tags are the one's getting corrupted (eg. ADDED, THEME, RATING, MOOD, STYLE, etc.). When these tags get corrupted, they always show the same tag values containing a truncated incomplete version of the tag name (eg. When the STYLE tag gets corrupted the new STYLE tag value will always be "TYLE"). I've provided two screen shots as an example.

foobar2000 properties dialog with correct metadata


foobar2000 properties dialog with corrupted metadata
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rednyrg721
post Jan 11 2012, 22:39
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I guess unchecking "Update music files by retrieving media info from the Internet" checkbox can fix that (don't recall other options that mention writing to media files), it's in "Options-Privacy" tab.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows...ws-Media-Player
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post Jan 13 2012, 15:05
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QUOTE (rednyrg721 @ Jan 11 2012, 21:39) *
I guess unchecking "Update music files by retrieving media info from the Internet" checkbox can fix that (don't recall other options that mention writing to media files), it's in "Options-Privacy" tab.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows...ws-Media-Player


Yep that's what I do and I've never had this problem.
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bluto
post Jan 19 2012, 00:18
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To those who have had problems with WMP12 messing up tags - were your MP3 files "read only" or not?

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- metal_termite   Windows 7/Media Player 12 corrupts custom fields in MP3s’ ID3v2.3 tags   Jan 9 2012, 17:34
- - Erich_2   QUOTE (metal_termite @ Jan 9 2012, 17:34)...   Jan 9 2012, 20:49
- - Peter   I've had exactly the same happen repeatedly to...   Jan 9 2012, 22:53
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (Peter @ Jan 9 2012, 22:53) Now I...   Jan 19 2012, 11:20
- - metal_termite   So to avoid this issue (1) Do not use WMP12? (2) E...   Jan 10 2012, 13:53
- - marc2003   using id3v2.4 makes your files WMP-proof as well. ...   Jan 10 2012, 15:02
|- - metal_termite   Windows Explorer won't recognize embedded albu...   Jan 10 2012, 23:49
- - rednyrg721   I guess unchecking "Update music files by ret...   Jan 11 2012, 22:39
|- - probedb   QUOTE (rednyrg721 @ Jan 11 2012, 21:39) I...   Jan 13 2012, 15:05
|- - bluto   To those who have had problems with WMP12 messing ...   Jan 19 2012, 00:18
- - Alex B   This issue was discussed already over two years ag...   Jan 11 2012, 23:38
- - metal_termite   Thanks. BTW I wanted to correct the claim I made ...   Jan 13 2012, 06:36
- - Peter   ID3v2.4 is "safe" as in they will not al...   Jan 13 2012, 09:58
- - Alex B   Two years ago, when I posted my findings in the ot...   Jan 13 2012, 11:52
- - Peter   That is correct. MS does not read 2.4 tags, in fac...   Jan 13 2012, 12:07
- - Alex B   The behavior seems to depend on the amount or kind...   Jan 13 2012, 14:48
- - tpijag   I would imagine that, by definition, read-only fil...   Jan 19 2012, 00:34
|- - bluto   QUOTE (tpijag @ Jan 19 2012, 01:34) I wou...   Jan 20 2012, 02:00
|- - HamilcarBarca   QUOTE (bluto @ Jan 19 2012, 18:00) QUOTE ...   Jan 20 2012, 19:33
- - Aleron Ives   Whether WMP can alter read-only files depends on w...   Jan 20 2012, 07:47
- - bluto   Thank you Hamilcar and Aleron for clarifying the ...   Jan 21 2012, 08:23


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