This post and a post last night (/t/4562/1 )
are the result of my musings on how to avoid ever having to rerip and retag the 250 or so CDs I’ve so far ripped and tagged (75 or them hard-to-tag classical), and the additional 300 or so CDs that are still to go.
It seems that this should be a common concern and that tools would have been developed to address it. But my search of this forum yields little evidence of that.
In any case, I will state my understanding of the tools now available and my thoughts on the ideal tools. My purpose is twofold: (1) To be corrected if my understanding of my current backup/restore options is incorrect/incomplete and (2) To encourage a discussion of useful backup tools and the development of them if I am correct that the current tools are inadequate. On this latter score, I would gladly pay for better backup/restore tools. (So far I have been a leech; but I will ultimately pay my dues to MP3Tag—it is a great tool!)
First, it doesn’t seem to make sense to do new backups of the music files only because the tags have changed. It seems to me to make much more sense to back up the music files only once, and to do updated backups only on the tags.
Tag Backup and Restore Tools Now Available
suggests backing up tags by using “an importable export format.” As I understand it, this strategy runs up against two difficulties: (1) Either (a) you do an tag export for every album, in which case the exports are time consuming and restoring tags would be equally time-consuming, or ( You do an export on a large collection of albums, which would allow a quick backup and restore in the unlikely case of a static directory structure, and would be an unworkable mess if the directory structure changes; and (2) the one line for each track export requirement makes it extremely difficult and time-consuming to backup lyrics (see /t/3635/1 ).
Thoughts on Ideal Tools
- Be able to select the entire music directory and have MP3Tag create a tag file for each album in the album’s directory with a name such as %artist% - %album%.txt. (If a tag file already exists, a new one is written only if the file modification date on the music files is more recent than the current tag file.) For the lyrics field, a special character would be substituted for the line breaks.
- Be able to select the entire music directory and have MP3Tag search for tag files that are more recent than the file modification date on the music files, and to import the tags for any such files. For imported lyrics, the line breaks would be reinstated.
This scheme would work if the tag file names are generic---e.g., tag.txt.
Any reactions? Are there tools/methods available now that I am not aware of? Can my ideal tools be improved on?