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wvgain converts ID3v1 tags to APE; can it be made to keep them as ID3?, Was: wavgain converts tags to ape?
post Aug 17 2011, 14:38
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I have recently used wavpack to increase the sound volume of some wv-files. I observed that the ID3V tags of the files were converted to ape tags - which I do not like at all. Is there a possibility to maintain the tag format? In the user documentation for wavgain there are no command line switches at all that have something to do with tags...

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post Aug 22 2011, 16:58
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It's not a silly question at all, and yes, you understand correctly.

WvGain writes the replaygain information to the APEv2 tag to tell players (that observe the tag) to change the gain of the playback. It does not modify the audio data at all (if it did, it really could not be called "lossless" anymore, for one thing).

As to whether CDs burned from these files would have modified volume, that depends on what the burner is set up to do. My guess would be that the best ones would have an option to observe the replaygain tags for burning (which would be nice for "mix" CDs), but don't do it by default.
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