Windows 7 and foobar2000
Before you consider using this to tag your files, it’s important to note that it does not strictly adhere to the
Picard tag mappings as documented here.
If compatibility with
MusicBrainz Picard or other taggers/players that make use of
MBID data is more important then you should probably avoid using this. More details of what this component does and why can be found below.
These can be found under
This is very much a
dumb tagger. You can only tag complete
releases (or release mediums) and all tracks must be in the same order as they appear on MusicBrainz. Tagging multi-disc releases in one go is possible but only when they are complete. If you only have parts, for example 2 discs out of 3, you’ll need to update each disc individually.
You can right click any selection of tracks from a playlist or library viewer and use one of these 4 commands.
TOC options only appear if the selected tracks are sourced from a CD rip. This is determined by their exact length so if you’ve used an inferior CD ripper like
Window Media Player, your CD rips may not have these options.
The first option looks up releases by a
discid calculated from the combination of track count/lengths. If no matches are found, it’s possible the
release does exist on
MusicBrainz but no one has attached a
discid just yet.
You can use the 2nd option to search for releases by
The 3rd option will let you do a more precise search by
MusicBrainz Album ID if you know exactly which release you want to use or if you’ve tagged the files before, an existing value will be read.
You may paste full release URLs in to the popup dialog and the website will be stripped away leaving the MBID like this:
When one or more matching
releases have been found, you’ll be presented with the main
From here, you can choose the best match for your selection. Note that while multiple releases may match your selection count, they may have differing track orders and entirely different tracks depending on region. Sometimes, the
release from your country of origin may be the
worst match and you’ll have to pick another! The
releases list is read-only but you can edit all other text fields and the
Title column in the track list.
Note that the
Disc Subtitle is only present for multi-disc releases and you can only edit the entry for track 1 of each disc. Edits will be applied to all tracks when tagging.
You should only use the
Add TOC to MusicBrainz option if you are a MusicBrainz editor and the selection is an actual
CD in the drive. Submitted
discids must be calculated from sources that take
pregap information in to account. This simply is not present in ripped files.
The Nerdy Stuff
When it comes to tagging
MBIDs, this component always follows the naming conventions used for
Vorbis comments regardless of the underlying file format/tagging sheme.
For example, it will write
MUSICBRAINZ_ARTISTID instead of
MUSICBRAINZ ARTIST ID to
m4a files. Repeat that for all tags prefixed with
The following differences affect
id3 tagging only:
DISCSUBTITLEis written to
TSST (SET SUBTITLE)
LABELis written to
MEDIAis written to
TMED (MEDIA TYPE)
MUSICBRAINZ_RECORDINGIDis written to
RELEASECOUNTRYis written to
TXXX:MUSICBRAINZ ALBUM RELEASE COUNTRY
Vorbis comments only,
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE is written in place of
The whole purpose of this is to unify tag display/search across
foobar2000 regardless of file format. It’s easier to search for
%LABEL% IS blah rather than
%LABEL% IS blah OR %PUBLISHER% is blah which is what you’d have to do if this was
Obviously this comes at the expense of potentially breaking compatibility with other taggers/players that expect this data to be written in a certain way.
One last thing… none of this behaviour is new. It was all inherited from the original component by Dremora.