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    I just set up my new Vortexbox appliance and ripped about a dozen cd's. I have some "mixed tapes" that are showing as unknown album/unknown artist, which is expected. I'm sure there's an easier way to do this, but I've been manually renaming the tracks through Windows Explorer. Unfortunately, the changes keep reverting back to unknown after some time has passed. Not sure what's going on. Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Also, some cd's seem to get created twice even though I'm sure it was only ripped once. Interestingly, whenever this happens, it also creates duplicates for each track on the disc. Again, ideas/suggestions greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    More info please. You are using LMS to stream your music to Squeezebox devices? LMS only uses the tags that are added to each track when you rip a CD. The file and folder names are not used by LMS to build it's data base. So any change you make through Explorer to a folder or a file name is not seen or used. Where do you see the track names that you have changed...are they on the device or controller, or do they appear in LMS if you go to the Album or Artist list? Where do you see the track info after it has "reverted"? One of best tools to edit tags is called MP3Tag which you can download. It handles other formats like FLAC also.
    Lets start with these questions and go from there.
    Also, look at the LMS >Settings>Basic Settings and note the path that is set for Media Folders and Playlist Folder.

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    • #3
      Use MP3tag to rename the ripped files & their metadata, see http://www.mp3tag.de/en/. LMS will read the metadata of the ripped files & display the song name you enter there.

      If you are using a Mac, there are instructions around to run it under OSX using Wine.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by peterhocking View Post
        Use MP3tag to rename the ripped files & their metadata, see http://www.mp3tag.de/en/. LMS will read the metadata of the ripped files & display the song name you enter there.

        If you are using a Mac, there are instructions around to run it under OSX using Wine.
        Yes, good recommendation to use mp3tag. (I suspect you're just renaming the files with windows explorer...as noted you need to also rename the metadata within the file tags). mp3tag here:
        http://www.mp3tag.de/en/dodownload.html

        There are some similar tagging programs for Mac and linux (puddletag, etc.)

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