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Which tag would you use to store barcodes in flac/mp3 files?, FLAC/MP3 tag to store EAN (barcode)
lorcan
post Feb 5 2013, 14:39
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Hi wink.gif

Since I have few different versions of CD that have the same album titles and track titles (eg: the sames songs are sung in different languages), I would like to store the barcode number (EAN/UPC) in a specific tag when ripping CD's to flac and/or mp3 files (eg: instead of or in addition to specifying " [Irish Edition]" in the album title).

Some of you put the barcode in the comment tag. I also noticed that EAC add a CATALOG tag to store EAN/UPC in cue sheets but I don't use cue files. I noticed that the MusicBrainz component adds a <BARCODE> tag (I don't use this component). And dBpoweramp creates a <UPC> tag which is not really accurate since most of my CDs have EAN numbers (13 digits instead of 12)

I've been using a custom tag <EAN> until now... unsure.gif

Any suggestions or advice? Thanks smile.gif
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lorcan
post Feb 19 2013, 14:43
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Thank you for your information.

I read several times that the MCN may be different from the bar code printed on the CD packaging or directly on the CD ermm.gif:-/ The MCN is often embedded into CD-Text in the Q subcode channel (with positioning information + the ISRC). Apparetently, the MCN is encoded according to UPC/EAN rules but this doesn't mean that the MCN is the UPC/EAN number... huh.gif

Here are some disconcerting details I found:
The Media Catalog Number was formerly know as the UPC code. It is not a bar code and generally is not used as a UPC code by retailers.

Concerning the EAN: the EAN was originally European Article Number, but is now renamed International Article Number even though the abbreviation EAN has been retained. The UPC code was the precursor/predecssor of the EAN and is included in the EAN simply by prefixing the number 0.

Annoying... mellow.gif
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