Tagging, converting, renaming, etc-I clearly don't have a clue.

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Azzin, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Azzin macrumors 68040

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    Hi all, please bear with me.... :eek:

    We have individual iTunes libraries on our PCs and can access them via each other's PCs and iphones and stream to our Apple Express in the Living room and that's all good.

    I'm now looking at getting the rest of our CDs ripped and stuck on a shared hard drive and that's all good too!

    I did rip (using EAC) a shedload a while back and have somehow ended up with a folder full of albums-some in WAV and some in FLAC.

    I have now seperated the albums into "FLAC" and "WAV" folders in a folder called "EAC Rips".

    Here's where my brain explodes...

    We're not audiophiles and I'm happy to keep the existing music (on our PCs, in our iTunes libraries) in whatever format it's currently in (which is a mix of MP3 and Apple Lossless).

    We've only recently got the Airport Express and we love it and it's rekindled my desire to have all our music available and selectable to stream to it.

    As I say, we're not audiophiles, so a 1:1 copy (quality wise) is not a priority.

    Having said that, what I'm thinking of doing is (if possible), convert the albums in the "EAC" folder to Apple Lossless and then stick it in my iTunes library and then carry on ripping the rest of our CDs into a format that you guys suggest.

    The other thing that makes my head spin is tagging!

    I really didn't realise there was so much to it and I always assumed that as long as you had the Artist Name>Album Name>Song Title that all was good (how wrong I was!).

    The reason I say that, is that last night I dabbled with converting...

    I added an album to iTunes last night that I didn't think was adding, (the album in question is an album that was ripped using EAC to WAV), but couldn't then see it where I would expect (alphabetically).

    I then realised that the tagging had gone haywire somewhere along the way, as I found the album right at the bottom of my iTunes library (in iTunes), with pretty much the artist name/album/song title all in the artist name column!

    So that's why it "wasn't there" (alphabetically) in the iTunes listing when I scrolled down looking for it.

    So-getting back to my question...
    • I have this folder on my HDD of music that was ripped using EAC (some FLAC & some WAV).
    • It is in Artist>Album>Tracks format.
    • What I'd like to do is get this into my iTunes library in Apple Lossless format, so that we can access it and play using our Airport Express.
    • How can I get these properly tagged and converted, so that I can simply copy them into my iTunes folder and then what should I do to rip the rest of our CDs?

    If you've got to this part of the post, I thank you for your patience!

    Cheers.
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    The best plan is to use iTunes to rip the CDs. First go to preferences and set the defalt files type to "Apple lossless". Then you feed in the CDs one at a time and they go straight into iTunes get tagged and it's simple. Some times tagging fails if youhave a rare CD that is not in the database then thr must type in the info.

    To get files you've already ripping into iTunes just do File->Import Folder and iTunes will copy the tracks in the that folder. If thse tracks are tagged it will copy the tags if untagged you willhave to type in the data. It may be easier to re-rip them frominside iTunes than type in all that data
     
  3. Azzin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    All good, thanks.

    iTunes will presumably read the folders that have WAV files in them, but what about the FLAC files?
     

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