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Which tag would you use to store barcodes in flac/mp3 files?, FLAC/MP3 tag to store EAN (barcode)
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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post Feb 17 2013, 21:41
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I, too, use BARCODE, because some releases may have UPCs while some have EANs. Barcode is the superordinate term. I also leave out the whitespace between the numbers, mostly because I use a handheld barcode scanner and the actual bars or the barcode itself does not contain any information about where the whitespace is. And if I added the spaces myself it would defeat the purpose of using a scanner, also I think it looks nicer without the spaces when there are no bars.

Sometimes parts of the barcode number is also the catalog number and it's indicated in bold on the package, I only use those numbers in bold for the catalog tag field.

There's an official term for the EAN-13 barcode actually which is used by the record industry: MCN (Media Catalog Number). It's always a 13-digit EAN code or a UPC code padded with a 0 on the left-most (i.e. first) position. I may switch to this tag field name in the future. I'm not sure but I think my barcode scanner even adds the zero by itself when it scans a UPC...

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