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When tagging ID3: ID3v1, ID3v2, both?
post Mar 15 2012, 07:16
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When tagging MP3 files, I ask myself whether I should use ID3v1 or ID3v2.

I used to do tagging only in ID3v1, and started using ID3v2 somewhere in between.
Now I'm pondering converting all ID3v1 tags to ID3v2 and stripping ID3v1.

But then again: Should I be using both, maybe?

I like to keep my tags minimal. Cover art is OK when it is available, but I like to limit myself to the following:
  • TPE1 (artist)
  • TALB (album)
  • TIT2 (title)
  • TDRC (year / recording time)
  • TCON (genre)
  • TRCK (track number(s))
  • APIC (attached picture)

I strip extra tags, expecially the COMM (comment) tag, as it doesn't make any sense, to me. Tags that aren't filled, because they don't make sense, like TRCK for singles release on the internet, etc. are stripped as well. I keep TBPM when it is available beforehand.

Now, as you can see, I use ID3v2.4, but I'm not sure about it. I don't see why I should stick to ID3v2.3. ID3v1, however, is considered the "standard", but since I use tags not supported in ID3v1, I'm quite unsure what to do.

Since I'm a Linux user, I use eyeD3 for comandline editing of ID3 tags, and easytag as a GUI tool. I've been using puddletag as well, but it seems it tends to break things.

I have some old files, still tagged only in ID3v1, and some on ID3v2.3. The ones with ID3v1 are quite easy to convert to ID3v2.4. Now, when moving everything to ID3v2.4, what should I do with TYER? TYER has been replaces in ID3v2.4 by TDRC, but should I keep the old tag, just in case?

This post has been edited by polemon: Mar 15 2012, 07:46

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