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ID3 tag issues between WMP 11 and iTunes...

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I apologise in advance for the lengthy post.

Over the past 5 or so years i have managed to build up a fair sized music library (8000 songs) all on WMP 11. I have spent a colossal amount of time manually tagging and adding artwork to these tracks and have just about finished.

The problem i now face is that i have myself a shiny new iPod. In anticipation of this purchase i have converted all of my files to MP3 format ready to be imported to iTunes. When i imported the files though, roughly 60% of them are wrongly tagged. The track name appears as the filename and all other fields(album, artists, etc) are empty.

I presume the problem is that WMP does not get its info from ID3 tags and therefore doesn't edit ID3 tags when tagging. So the solution i came to was that all of my tracks have to be re-tagged for iTunes. I then downloaded a program called MP3-Tag which promised to use filenames to update ID3 tags and quickly rectify my problem. I did this on a sample section first and found that the program corrupted the files. Now in both WMP and iTunes the files will not play properly. Most of them will actually play but the sound is so jerky its unlistenable.

I discarded the program and started editing the tracks manually in iTunes using the "get Info" function to edit the ID3 tags of the files. This came out with the same result. Beautifully tagged but horribly corrupted files.

I'm not an expert on this subject so does anyone know what could be causing the corruption? Is it something to do with differing ID3 versions? I have googled the problem to no avail, it doesn't seem common...

Also, does anyone know how both iTunes and WMP get media information? And is there a form of tagging that suits both programs?

Any help would be much appreciated! This is very frustrating.
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Sorry for the late reply,

This is an age old problem with Windows Media Player 11 and itunes. They just don't go hand in hand. I honestly have to say there is no solution for this issue right now. I hate the fact that I too have to go through this... All we pc experts can continue to do is try new methods to see if we can override this issue. One thing I haven't tried which you can is connecting your iPod to your pc, but not launching/sending files using iTunes. Instead open up WMP 11 and click on the usb media player tab. Try to send the music to your player through WMP 11 and see if the file names stay the same. Of course only try a few first!

Than post back and let us know if that works.

Edited by superstar, 13 August 2009 - 10:32 AM.

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