3. All my flacs have album replaygain tags. Since I believe Ipod support some kind of normalizing, like replaygain, I wonder if these replaygain tags can be converted to Ipod tags. If not, would I just let itunes compute and write the info to the mp3 files(which would make ipod lower volume in certain songs). Furthermore, can itunes distinguish between my albums, when they are arranged in the aforementioned structure? (I need normalizing with respect to albums, as I want the intended dynamics between songs)
One way around this is by using mp3gain in album mode on your MP3's. Then you can turn on SoundCheck if you are listening on shuffle and turn it off when you are listening to albums.
foobar2000 can do it directory based AFAIK.
I too am planning to buy an 80 G Ipod, and have a few similar questions:0. Syncing the iPod- Do i have to use itunes?
2. Tag StandardsI am currently tagging with APEv2 + ID3v1. I'm guessing i have to move to ID3v2, though i don't know which version. Is it 2.3?
and one totally unrelated question pertaining to the ipod: i heard my friends mention that ipod tracks the times a song has been played (on the device) is that true?
1. Album ArtRight now i have a "folder.jpg" file in every folder which is the album art. I guess i have to embed this into every file so that the display pic is shown when i play the song in ipod right? (Please correct me if i am wrong). Can Foobar do this? MP3 Tag? Media Monkey? (I'd like to avoid itunes as far as possible).
Maurits and kornchild thanks for your replies.about the ipod tracking playcount, i meant something like this:let's say i'm listening to a song that hasn't been played on my computer on my ipod. does the ipod store somewhere that the file has been played so that when i sync to the computer, itunes knows that i've played the song on my ipod?
So where does the ipod store the playcount information? does it write tags or store it in the database? In any case, is foo_dop able to access that information? The main thing i'm concerned with is if i can do in foobar what you're doing with itunes (having the playcount synced)-- if it's stored in a tag or something, i can prolly write a masstagger script to add it but if it's in the database, then that'd be something entirely different.So in any case, whether i use itunes, or foobar or any other program, i will have to embed the album art into the file right?
As for album art, the latest iTunes (version 7) will automatically download album art for most music (and keep it separate from the file) if you create a free iTunes Music Store account.If you don't do that, you have to embed the album art into the file manually.