Feature request: Placeholder for precise code ID

Please add a placeholder to report the actual sub-format (also called codec or category) used by the file, including .WMA files.

For .WMA files, the current %codec% placeholder returns "Windows Media Audio" regardless of the subformat i.e. does not distinguish:

Windows Media Audio Standard (also known confusingly as Windows Media Audio)
Windows Media Audio Lossless
Windows Media Audio Professional
Windows Media Audio Voice

There is no way for scripts etc. to determine the sub-format.

Adding a sub-format element to %codec% would break compatibility.

I suggest a new placeholder %subformat%. For WMA this evaluates to one of Windows Media Audio Standard, Windows Media Audio Lossless, Windows Media Audio Professional, Windows Media Audio Voice. For other formats, perhaps users of other formats can suggest.

Notes on terminology:

The subformat Windows Media Audio Standard is produced by a codec referred to confusingly as Windows Media Audio e.g. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/wi...6(v=vs.85).aspx .

MS terminology uses the other sub-format names as codec names here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/wi...6(v=vs.85).aspx and all these sub-format names category names here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/wi...8(v=vs.85).aspx .

FB2K inaccurately labels the sub-format as 'Codec profile': http://i.imgur.com/9YkCR1k.png

I see what you mean. Don't know if would be ever possible. I have the same "issue" with DTS-WAV encoded files which are converted to FLAC. It would be nice to know those are in fact DTS encoded files but I ask too much (in fact I don't ask it because it is something very few people would like) :smiley:.