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08 March 2005 @ 07:20 am
Tekkie question  
OK, so I've been using iTunes to rip my legally-owned CDs to MP3 for my own private personal use.  (please don't arrest me)

Part of what it does is rip ID3v2 tags (which store info like song title, artist name, etc).  Which is nice, 'cause v2 can hold more characters than v1, which makes playing them on the computer more user-friendly and easier to read.

My car CD/MP3 player, however, doesn't read ID3v2 tags.  It only reads v1.  Which is OK, 'cause MP3s can store both v1 and v2 information at the same time.

Here's where things get complex.

I can use iTunes to do batch conversions from v2 to v1, but doing that loses the v2 information.

I can use WinAmp to do individual "copy from v2 to v1" operations, but when you're looking at the quantity of MP3s I'm talking about, doing them one at a time is a VERY lengthy task.

So my question is, does anybody out there know of an application that can do batch copying of ID3v2 tags to ID3v1 tags while maintaining the ID3v2 information in the files?  Ideally, I'd like to set an application going on my entire collection then go to a movie or something (maybe a triple feature), and have the files contain all the information in both ID3 versions when I get back.
Fred 2.0lqc on March 8th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
Haven't had to handle that myself since I rip with MP3Producer which write both versions, but if you look around you might find some that will work, like this http://www.gold-software.com/MP3BookHelper-review520.htm which includes importing and exporting of ID3 tags that might do the trick for your mass conversion.
Fred 2.0lqc on March 8th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)

Though it now occurs, you said you're using iTunes, so I neglected to ask if you're using Mac or Windows. I assume Windows since Mac is so 'point-and-click' basic.
Idtechnomonkey on March 9th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
That looks perfect!

(and that was my fault. Yeah, I'm on WinXP, running the Windows version of iTunes. Sorry for the confusion...)
Idtechnomonkey on March 10th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
Looks like it works, but is a trial version. I'd rather not have to spend $35 to get this operation to work. Guess I'll try your first suggestion now...