OK, i use exclusively m4a (AAC) audio files. And i've been using Tag&Rename to tag them for years... now i was thinking of switching to mp3tag, but then i go into mp3tag (love it because i can use filter to search through my files and locate missing info , or information that isn't specifically formatted to my satisfaction...
for instance, all my tags have been completed with album artists and i prefer the contributing artists field in the format of "Artist1 / Artist2" so forth and so on..
So I've done so in Tag&Rename.
I run a search in MP3Tag and it tells me that my entire 50 Cent folder is not like i want (at least one)
I edit the last tag on the list in the folder, then it hits me i've already done this folder.... so i fire up tag and rename and sure enough... my info is already properly formatted.
Now its obvious to me that mp3tag and tag and rename are reading from two separate tags in the file... because even the song titles in mp3 tag still have "featuring etc" which i edit out and put into the Artist Field. So i figured reading extended tags will show me where Tag And rename is storing its tags (which by the way i must point out have worked flawless with every media app that i play my files in).
Apparently no such luck. I obviously have two sets of tags in my files that have conflicting info now. ok so i figured i'd just fix the files with mp3tag and maybe it will set it right.... still no luck now XBMC reads that the files have no album artist... same for Winamp.... oddly enough when i edit my files with puddletag (on linux) i have no trouble it reads all the properly formatted tags i made in Tag&rename and editing files with it causes no problems with xbmc or itunes (back in windows).
Now all this has me concerned, is mp3tag writing/reading improper m4a tags in my aac audio. or is the fault with Tag&Rename? if so how do i clear out one or the other as they seem determined to exist side by side.