Coax Mp3tag to check non-audio files for APEv2 tags?


#1

I'm a happy long-time user of both foobar2000 and Mp3tag. I'm using fb2k's "External Tags" plugin to store ReplayGain values for filetypes that can't be tagged (chiefly semi-obscure videogame music formats). These external .tag files are stored as simply a header of TAGFILE followed by a proper APEv2 tag.

You may already see where this is going. The opportunity to use Mp3tag's web sources to assist in tagging is enticing! (Even more so when I fix my MobyGames script.) But even when told to accept .tag files, it won't actually read them... unless I rename them to an .ape type, in which case Mp3tag happily reads and writes the tags while leaving the header intact!

So here's my question: Is there any way to convince Mp3tag to work with these without the awkward renaming workaround?


#2

You can tell MP3tag to include more or less any files in the file list, see
Tools>Options>Mpeg>Files to include

Yet, MP3tag only modifies supported files that introduce themselves with the correct file extension.
I mean: you can load a PDF or JPG file but still not modify their metadata even though both have this feature.
Also, I am not sure if it really works. I can rename the odd document.pdf to document.mp3 but still I cannot add metadata.


#3

You can add ID3V2-Metatdata and MP3Tag keeps them and shows them. But naturally they are not PDF-Metadata and the file as a pdf gets corrupted.


#4

True. You would have to load it back into MP3tag as the mock audio file, remove the tag, save that modification and rename the file to its original format.


#5

Currently, there is no way of doing this. I'll add APEv2 support for *.tag files to my internal wish list and will come back when there is some progress on that.


#6

Many thanks! In the meantime, I have workarounds that still let me use the software, so once again I thank you for Mp3tag. It's a real time saver... and a real sanity saver!