Album Artist data not saving in wav files

I have a few Various Artist compilations, and I want to save the Album Artist data, along with the Contributing Artist. But when I fill it out, it does not seem to transfer to File Explorer/Meta Data like the rest of the information. It's the only one seemingly having an issue.

Check the extended tags dialogue (Alt-T) whether you have a field called e.g. ALBUM ARTIST instead of ALBUMARTIST.

I'm seeing "ALBUMARTIST"

which shows the correct data, i.e. the name that you tried to save?

When I type in the "Album Artist" data, it seemingly saves to "ALBUMARTIST" in mp3tag. But nothing is present in the "Album Artist" section in File Explorer.

So we have a player problem? If MP3tag shows you the data in the field in which you saved it, then I do not see a lot that MP3tag could do about that what the player does.
What kind of files do you try to tag? MP3s?

I'm viewing the files in File Explorer in Windows 10, not a player. Mp3tag successfully wrote the metadata for every section, but Album Artist in the column(when you make it available to view) of File Explorer, and in properties>details.

It's honestly not that big of a deal, lol. Just making sure it's functioning correctly.

I do not have such problems with mp3 files.
So, again: what kind of files do you tag?

Sorry, wav. files are the current file. But upon your reply, I checked to see if the problem happen with a mp3, and alas, it worked.

So wav. file seems to be my issue.

Have 3 music files from one artist, just highlighted all 3 (2 wavs, 1 mp3) and changed the album artist. Worked only for the mp3.

So, to sum it all up:
MP3tag saves data for "album artist".
The windows explorer has problems to show all the metadata for wav files even though it is there.
Everything is fine for mp3 files.

I think that sums it up.

still no resolution :frowning:

I'm noticing now that my "Album Art" isn't saving on WAV files either, but is for mp3, flac, etc.

I am not sure what you expect? That Microsoft reads this forum and updates the features of the OS?
Fact remains, I think, that MP3tag writes the data as you want it to do and that it is the player of your choice that currently is missing functions.

You have seen that flac files work ok - and as that is also a lossless format, it may be advisable to use that.

Woah, dude. For one, I don't expect sarcasm when I'm genuinely trying to correct an error.

I re-bumped my post with new found information about the album art with WAV files as well.

Fact remains. The album art, nor album artist save or transfer to ANY programs, on WAV files. It is not a problem of the "player of my choice."

I do not want to use flac files. I want this program, that I donated to, to write album artist and album art metadata on WAV files the way it's intended to do. :slight_smile:

The fact remains that this is nothing but a problem of the player of your choice. Metadata shows fine in MP3tag, I assume, so the metadata is there.
MP3tag does not have a database or something from where it gets the missing data - it simply reads the tags.
I think that the implementation on the player of your choice only assumed the V1 standard for ID3 tags which also has no albumartist and no embedded covers.

WAVE files really are not well suited for tagging. There is kind of one standard way to do it, and that is to add so called RIFF INFO tags to the file. This is what Windows supports, but it is a very limited format. E.g. there is no support for different file encodings, so you'll have trouble with any Unicode characters. It also has a limited support for tags.

The way a lot of players deal with this limitation is to allow tagging WAVE files with ID3 tags. This is what MP3Tag also does. Windows does not support this, though. I don't know exactly, but the fact that Windows is showing you some data indicates that MP3Tag might also write the RIFF INFO tags to WAVE files in addition to ID3.

Now about the album artist: I guess if Mp3Tag writes the RIFF INFO tags then support for this could be added. But this only works if Windows actually has support for a album artist tag in WAVE. And I don't know if that's the case. E.g. does not indicate any RIFF INFO tag that might be used for album artist.

If you care about proper tagging you should take the above recommendation serious and use a format that actually supports proper tagging, e.g. FLAC. Or at least use a player that has support for ID3 tags in WAVE, such as foobar2000.

UPDATE: I checked, and as I thought Mp3Tag does read/write the RIFF INFO tags to WAVE files. But I seriously doubt Windows supports a album artist tag for those. If you actually should happen to have a WAVE file that Windows shows the album artist tag filled for this would be helpful.

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I ended up with a suitable temporary fix. By manually adding the art, and album artist information in the player I was having trouble with (rekordbox). But I appreciate your further support.

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I did some further research, and I am pretty sure Windows does not support any tag for Album Artist for WAVE files, nor could I find any other player supporting this with RIFF INFO tags. Same is true for album artwork.

So your current solution of managing this in the player's database only is likely the best you'll get. If one wants to have this information in the file itself the best approach is indeed switching file format.

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Found the list of supported metadata for rekordbox:

As the PDF shows support for metadata in WAVE is really poor. It's not really the player's fault, though, it's the format.

But haven't said this, rekordbox' metadata support for other file types has some strange gaps like e.g. missing album artist support for FLAC.

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