Re: External Tags
Reply #264 – 2019-08-19 18:05:09
Hi, currently having a meltdown, not sure where to start or if this is a good place to post considering the number of issues happening simultaneously. (if moderators would like to move this message elsewhere feel free)
I recently started using External Tags for *everything*, that's including MP3s, FLACs, WMAs and other formats that already have robust tags (won't go into why right now.) Also enabled the tag<->stats synchronization if that matters and manually wrote all the stats to external tags this morning. Everything seemed fine, until spontaneously today in the last hour or so, I noticed certain files/formats suddenly lost their tags completely - principally WMA, XA, IDSP and some other lesser known formats. I've tried reloading the tag info for those, but it does nothing, just completely blank. Tried removing the .tag files from their respective directories and reloading info - still blank, the WMAs definitely have internal metadata but it's not being read. I've literally just noticed while typing this that those formats in particular (I think?) and maybe other formats are now not playing *at all* in foobar2000. So the tag loss seems symptomatic of something greater going on. To be clear, here are a couple of the messages I've seen when attempting playback: Wave cache: generic IO exception (Unexpected subsong index) for "D:\Dave\Music\G\George Benson - A Foggy Day.wma" / index: 1 Opening track for playback: "D:\Dave\Music\GameCube\Sonic Gems Collection\history.adx" / index: 1 Unable to open item for playback (Unsupported format or corrupted file): Watching the foobar2000 console just shows lots of tag reading messages with no errors that I can see. Progressively, all of my external tags are being dropped as foobar2000 is re-reading my library and failing to load them, plus as soon as I access a file they disappear/revert to internal tags of course... foobar2000 is hanging constantly and sometimes crashing too while this is going on but that could just be due to media library activity, All kinds of crazy stuff is going on. I am sat here watching my "Faves" playlist decrease in number as the tags are being disappeared. Thinking it might be a hard drive failure I checked my music drive for errors - nothing reported. Also checked my Windows 10 harddrive where fb2k is installed - also no errors reported. And I've also tried playing problematic WMAs in Windows Media Player where they're fine, and haven't yet noticed any file access problems elsewhere - my photos still pen in photo viewer, etc etc. This seems like a foobar2000-centric issue, but the weird thing is how it seems to have struck totally at random without even being closed or re-opened. I'm not sure what else to tell you but this is very concerning... I'm hopeful that External Tags is the sole cause of the problem but it seems far more cataclysmic and External Tags is just one of many components biting the dust? Please help if you can & suggest things for me to try! I'd like to just restart my computer and go from there but not sure what will happen after that, and in my haste I'm now undergoing a full backup of my Music directory. sorry for my very disjointed and verbose post... Thank you!
Last Edit: 2019-08-19 19:09:47 by iridescentaudio