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Peppermint 3: Walkman metadata issues (SOLVED)
« on: April 06, 2014, 06:21:54 pm »
A couple of days ago, I downloaded some songs with my P3 Machine and used Clementine to put covers on them. When I was playing the songs in Clementine, the covers were there. However, when I transferred the songs to my Sony Walkman NWZ-E465 the covers didn't display and the songs were not in order. On Windows, I would organize my music using Media Monkey and the metadata (covers, title number, etc) would display perfectly. I also tried to edit tags using Cowbell Music Organizer  and Ex Falso but the problem still persists. I would like to get to the bottom of this and would greatly appreciate some help.

Relevant URLs:
GrooveOff: http://qt-apps.org/content/show.php/GrooveOff?content=158258
Cowbell Music Manager: https://launchpad.net/cowbell
Ex Falso: https://code.google.com/p/quodlibet/
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Re: Peppermint 3: Walkman metadata issues
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2014, 04:39:50 pm »
What format were the audio files ?
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Re: Peppermint 3: Walkman metadata issues
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2014, 08:46:50 pm »
They were all MP3s.

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Re: Peppermint 3: Walkman metadata issues
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2014, 12:09:23 pm »
Googling suggests people have this problem with Sony Walkman players and album art even in Windows.

You may do better asking this on the Sony community forum:
http://community.sony.com/
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Re: Peppermint 3: Walkman metadata issues
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2014, 04:09:07 pm »
Thank you for your help. I will definitely post when I find a solution.

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Re: Peppermint 3: Walkman metadata issues
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2014, 04:19:16 pm »
Great .. sorry we couldn't offer more help.
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Re: Peppermint 3: Walkman metadata issues
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2014, 07:27:30 pm »
I have finally figured how to do this. I have taken the liberty to write my steps in the form of a tutorial.


First, install EasyTag. One can do this using the Software Manager, Synaptic Package Manager, or Terminal (code below). It is simply a matter of preference.

Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get install easytag
In EasyTag, under Settings-Preferences-ID3 Tag Settings:
    -Check Automatically convert old ID3v2 tag versions
    -Uncheck ID3v1.x tag
    -Check Write ID3v2 tag
    -Under ID3v2 tags, change the version to ID3v2.3*

* ID3v2.3 is the most common version of ID3v2 and will probably be supported by most mp3 players. If ID3v2.3 isn't supported on your device than change the version to ID3v2.4 (which is newer). If ID3v2.4 doesn't work than you might have to use ID3v1. ID3v1 is outdated and not as feature rich (ex. no embedding of cover art).

Now that EasyTag is properly configured, you can proceed to tag your music. The program is pretty straightforward so I won't go into much detail. However, you should keep certain things in mind when using EasyTag.

Under EasyTag, for your changes to have any effect on the tags you MUST click the Save File(s) button. Also, when tagging files, don't forget to click the little gray square next to the input field (ex. Title). Otherwise, the value within the input field will not be copied to the file(s). Lastly, when embedding images into your songs, make sure they are no larger than 500pi x 500pi and 100kB. Albumart.org is a good place to find album art.

If you are finding that your mp3 player is displaying metadata correctly but for the wrong song, try not to do to much at a time in EasyTag. Complete actions phase by phase. For example, Fill Tag(s) and then click Save File(s). Then, search use the CDDB search function and then click Save File(s). After that, tag your file(s) and then click Save File(s). You get the idea. Also, you might want to copy the freshly downloaded files in another directory until you get used to the program so it is easier to start over. Re-tagging the file(s) is not nearly as time consuming as re-downloading and re-tagging the file(s).

Now that is the extent of my newly acquired knowledge on tagging music in Linux after some googling and experimentation. If for some reason you encounter any other problems, then I'm afraid I don't have the answers.

References:
[1]http://anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66416
[2]http://www.jdwilkins.co.uk/?p=39
[3]Trial and error