"Comment" field in iTunes

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MyAppleWorld, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. MyAppleWorld macrumors 6502

    MyAppleWorld

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2005
    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    #1
    Hi

    I have changed the comment field of all my tracks so that they contain keywords, e.g. "Sarah" so I know it is a track of my friends.

    However, this isn't what is displayed in the ID3 Tag if I view the track in Winamp.

    Why not?

    Why can't iTunes follow industry standards? The reason I want it standard is that in the future, if I ever move to a different application, e.g. Windows Media Player, all ID3 tags will be read the same.

    I note that other tags such as Title and Artist are the same in winamp as they are in itunes, and it doesnt matter which player you edit them, they will be the same.
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

    iMeowbot

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    #2
    Why can't Winamp either? It has ID3 bugs too.

    In truth, ID3 isn't so much an industry standard as an awful hack that relies on audio decoders' ability to reject bogus frames. It's a wonder that it works at all.
     
  3. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

    cantthinkofone

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2004
    Location:
    Missouri, USA
    #3
    my cd player in my car would read the comments on the track :confused: are they AAC files mp3 files etc etc? winamp may not like AAC files.
     
  4. MyAppleWorld thread starter macrumors 6502

    MyAppleWorld

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2005
    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    #4
    they are mp3.

    am i right in thinking that itunes syncs some id3 tags with its database, but not all
     
  5. iMeowbot macrumors G3

    iMeowbot

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    #5
    You would be right in thinking that WinAmp is poor at parsing comment tags. It is. iTunes will update that tag as long as it has write access to the file.
     
  6. MyAppleWorld thread starter macrumors 6502

    MyAppleWorld

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2005
    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    #6
    Do you know if it's possible for Windows Media Player to display the comment field?
     
  7. iMeowbot macrumors G3

    iMeowbot

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    #7
    WMP support is partial and buggy, just like everyone else's :D

    One thing that you can try in iTunes is to convert the ID3 tags to a different version. With a little experimentation you should find something that works reasonably okay for your setup. ID3 is a minefield, so keep your fingers crossed :D
     
  8. MyAppleWorld thread starter macrumors 6502

    MyAppleWorld

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2005
    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    #8
    I suppose the short answer is to use only 1 application and stick to it forever. lol

    I just don't like itunes having a seperate database where it stores some information, but not all
     

Share This Page