Editing ID3 Tags in .APE Files with APE v2 Tags attached?
I'm in the process of re-ripping my entire CD collection to a lossless format. I chose Monkey's Audio over APE since it provided a smaller
compressed file size of FLAC, & more importantly, was compatible with eJukebox. Also, with the Monkey's Audio GUI, I can easily convert to FLAC
in the future if I wish to do so, without have to re-rip my CDs.
I'm using EAC in Secure mode to do my ripping, while using its built-in freedb naming tool to grab basic tag data. When I first started with this
process, I chose to use Monkey Audio's command line .exe to compress the files. I thought that during this ripping & encoding process that APE
tags would be written, but after I opened the newly ripped & encoded APEs in Tag&Rename, I don't see any APE tags at all. What's weird is
that I don't even see the ID3v1.1 tags I told EAC to write at the same, but obviously they are there since eJukebox can only use ID3 tags when
reading in the tag information, which it displays correctly. Winamp can also see & display these ID3 tags which is not surprising since eJukebox
is a Winamp plugin.
After doing some searching, I discovered that there was an alternative method to tagging .APE files with APEv2 tags using an app called "wapet".
After I pointed EAC to use this app instead of Monkey Audio's command line app, I started seeing the APE tags in Tag&Rename. Now, it doesn't
really matter whether or not EAC tags the files the files correctly since I end up using Tag&Rename to get the tags just perfect (coverart, proper
casing, etc.). The problem stems from my inability to synchronize the APEv2 tags with the ID3 tags that EAC created, or to just create new ID3 tags
from the APEv2 tags so that eJukebox will be able to properly read in the tag information. Without ID3 tags, eJukebox will then rely on the filename
structure to try to guess at the song's information. This doesn't work in my case since I use <Track#> - <Song Title>.ape.
How can I edit ID3 tags in .APE Files after APE v2 tags have been created? Or, an even easier process would be to find a program
that could copy APEv2 tag data to ID3 tags. So far, I've tried Tag&Rename 3.1.7 & the latest version of The Godfather, but neither of them
were able to "see" the ID3 tags that EAC created. And, it doesn't appear to have a function to copy APEv2 tags to ID3 tags. Is there a solution
out there for me?
The lack of full support (import, tags, & ratings) for a lossless codec, along with the compilation problem, is really making me question my
continued use of eJukebox. I really like eJukebox, but the wife is really getting irritated about all of the annoyances that she's running into when
using it. Please, someone help me so that I can continue using eJukebox while still maintaining my manhood!!
You are NOT alone . . .
Yep, You are right, The problem you describe cannot be solved YET.
I use APE v2 tags, and no more the id3 tags, (that can also
be used via eac.)
Currently I use Media Moneky for its full support for APE, but I Hate the program.
My demo version of Audiosoft is long gone, But I'm still waiting (hoping) for APE tag support, (including rating the ape files).
So far, I quess we need to be pattient.