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kiwimagic



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1. I have a 2 TB library, primarily classical, on a NAS.
2. The basis of the library is 80% previously owned CD's that have been ripped (CD Quality) and 20% high res downloads (CD Quality and better).
3. As is well known, the Metadata for Classical music does not follow any standard and is not very useful in a large collection.
4. My approach has been to rip, or convert file format, to my preferred AIFF format with XLD and use, where available, data from Musicbrainz or another online database in the ripped file.
5. I use iTUNES as the database manager. I have manually edited the Metadata in iTUNES obtained through step (4) (e.g. Composer in the format Lastname, Firstname) to get a consistent music library that I can readily browse.
6. The above procedure means, of course, that the Metadata in the iTUNES database is different to the Metadata in the original files that were used to create the iTUNES database.
7. Question 1: Can I use Songkong to overwrite the Metadata in the original files with the Metadata that I have created in the iTUNES library? Can I choose to overwrite only selected items of Metadata (e.g. Composer field only)?
8. Question 2: Can I use Songkong to retrieve from the original files selected Metadata items (e.g. in a conversion performed some time ago I lost the year data).
8. Question 3: Can I use Songkong to add fields to the iTUNES view (for example, additional performers)? (I think not, but the ability to create one's own Metadata viewer with fields would be a wonderful thing for classical collections).
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kiwimagic wrote:

5. I use iTUNES as the database manager. I have manually edited the Metadata in iTUNES obtained through step (4) (e.g. Composer in the format Lastname, Firstname) to get a consistent music library that I can readily browse.
6. The above procedure means, of course, that the Metadata in the iTUNES database is different to the Metadata in the original files that were used to create the iTUNES database.
 

If I have understood you right this isn't true, when you edit the metadata in iTunes in most cases the modifications are made to the files themselves, not just the library. Only certain fields such as playcounts and ratings are stored only in the iTunes library and not the files themselves.

But you might mean that you have iTunes configured to copy each audio file when it is added the library, this is the default behaviour of iTunes and means you end up with two copies of each file. So when you edit the metadata in iTunes it modifies the file copy but not the original.

kiwimagic wrote:

7. Question 1: Can I use Songkong to overwrite the Metadata in the original files with the Metadata that I have created in the iTUNES library? Can I choose to overwrite only selected items of Metadata (e.g. Composer field only)?
8. Question 2: Can I use Songkong to retrieve from the original files selected Metadata items (e.g. in a conversion performed some time ago I lost the year data).
 


So SongKong will modify the files in the folder you give to it and try to identify the songs and then update the metadata accordingly. If the file is already in your iTunes library then iTunes will show the modified data. So if you have just the one version of the file then any changes will be reflected in the file and iTunes. If you have the original and copy and you modify the copy it wont affect the original. SongKong is independent of iTunes, it doesnt require iTunes, but it will if you wish inform iTunes when modifiations are made to files under iTunes control.

You cant choose to overwrite only certain fields. The theory is you get a better maintained library if you trust SongKong to identify the songs and update the metadata rather than letting it update some fields but not others - which may be wrong.



8. Question 3: Can I use Songkong to add fields to the iTUNES view (for example, additional performers)? (I think not, but the ability to create one's own Metadata viewer with fields would be a wonderful thing for classical collections). 

Lots of metadata can be added by SongKong, additional performers such as featured artist are added but not currently the full list of musicians involved classical pieces.

thanks Paul (Administrator)
 
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