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  # 610107 16-Apr-2012 16:30
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I use xbmc to play music (but it is overkill unless you are also using it for movies and TV), you have the option of where you want to save album art

 



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  # 610111 16-Apr-2012 16:43
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thanks, will try exact audio copy out.

 
 
 
 


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  # 610169 16-Apr-2012 18:35
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richms:
simon14: Actually just found some really good ripping software: Express Rip.

Works really well and titles my tracks exactly how I want (unlike WMP that didn't leave a space between artist name and track name in between the "-".


Why would it be putting the artist and the track into the same field to start with?

I would hazard a guess that Simon14 is meaning the file name which is used for the ripped tracks.  And yes, that's exactly the way I like my file names too, with spaces either side of the "-".  It takes a while fixing it each time I buy some new tracks or rip a CD, but not a big deal really.

I prefer my file names in the format "Artist Name" - "Track Name" because they display nicely on the head units in each of our cars.  Otherwise you only see the Artist Name OR the Track Name but not both at once.





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  # 610172 16-Apr-2012 18:40
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Ah ok. I only do that on various artist discs since some players are ignoring the. trackartist field still




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  # 610312 17-Apr-2012 07:27
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grant_k:
richms:
simon14: Actually just found some really good ripping software: Express Rip.

Works really well and titles my tracks exactly how I want (unlike WMP that didn't leave a space between artist name and track name in between the "-".


Why would it be putting the artist and the track into the same field to start with?

I would hazard a guess that Simon14 is meaning the file name which is used for the ripped tracks.  And yes, that's exactly the way I like my file names too, with spaces either side of the "-".  It takes a while fixing it each time I buy some new tracks or rip a CD, but not a big deal really.

I prefer my file names in the format "Artist Name" - "Track Name" because they display nicely on the head units in each of our cars.  Otherwise you only see the Artist Name OR the Track Name but not both at once.

There are programs, like mp3tag, that will rename tracks based on tags and vice versa. You can set any format you like.

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  # 610593 17-Apr-2012 15:23
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bazzer: There are programs, like mp3tag, that will rename tracks based on tags and vice versa. You can set any format you like.

Cheers for that Bazzer.  Yes, I did use MP3Tag one time when I ripped my entire CD collection, but the trial expired, so now I just do it manually when only buying a few tracks off Digirama (soon to be Marbecks).





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  # 610618 17-Apr-2012 15:56
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One of the things in foobar lets you rename based on tags or tag based on the name. I havent used it since it changed in the move from 0.83 to the later ones but it used to work really well to sort out untagged but had filenames stuff.




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  # 610648 17-Apr-2012 16:40
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Just an update, I'm now using Winamp as my media player.

Windows Media Player is useless. Even if you untick "Retrieve additional information from the internet" in library settings, WMP still downloads albumart from the internet.

Even when I stopped WMP from communicating through windows firewall, it still managed to download album art from the internet.

Oh well....

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  # 610908 18-Apr-2012 00:28
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richms: One of the things in foobar lets you rename based on tags or tag based on the name. I havent used it since it changed in the move from 0.83 to the later ones but it used to work really well to sort out untagged but had filenames stuff.


Still works really well for renaming based on tags:  Right click -> File Operations -> Move To\Copy To\Rename  then you can specify folder and filename based on tags. 

Filling tags from the filenames (or other sources, e.g. clipboard) is also pretty good: select the files you want to deal with then Right Click -> Properties -> Tools -> Automatically fill values...   then just specify the tags and pattern to read from the filename and folder structure.  And it's damn fast too!

In fact that's the best thing about it IMO; very fast and lightweight with oodles of functionality. 

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  # 610912 18-Apr-2012 00:48
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richms: foobar2000 would be my suggestion


+1.  Love foobar2000

I had a look at the screenshots for this, but it doesn't seem to display any Album Art.  Did I miss something?


It's there you just have to dig a wee bit: 

1) on view menu -> enable layout -> enable layout editing mode
2) Right click a UI element and select "replace UI element"
3) select one of the splitters
4) in the new blank part of the splitter right click and select "Add new UI element"
5) select the Album Art viewer

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