Anyway, I prefer to fill in by myself to be accurate, precise.
Suggestion: Auto-fill, and then do corrections manually. I don't think freedb has too much Composer data as MusicBrainz, and I don't think foo_musicbrainz gets composer?!? Not sure. Try Picard, really. It can also identify tracks by acoustic fingerprint (listening to the songs). Beware that it could then put them in the wrong albums (it is likely better if you hit "Cluster" first, "Lookup" second and then make it listen to the rest). The "easiest" would probably be to make a backup set, put Picard at work, and then copy Composer. (There are other applications that may listen and auto-tag too. Like this one from the creator of AccurateRip; I have never used it for tagging though, only for AccurateRip verification.)
I already found how to show the composer column in the playlist tab.
Yes, I've seen the possibility to select multiple tracks to fill in but I have very few tracks from a same composer. I tried to get data from freedb and MusicBrainz but they don't find any information for my tracks. Anyway, I prefer to fill in by myself to be accurate, precise. I'm not looking for a plugin to do this for me, I only need to show the composer value by default in the metadata tab even if the field is empty or unfilled.
The purpose is to fill manually every tag of every track of hundreds albums without having to right-click on each track to open the properties tab, which would be way too tedious.
See below for *showing* the Composer tag. But:
* You don't have to right-click each track to open properties. You can select multiple, and open Properties for all. Then selecting Composer will give you the opportunity to fill in. * Do other data give you an indication on Composer? fb2k can populate Composer from other fields. But I do not bother to start explaining if you don't have those data ... * You probably do not want to fill in manually if you can avoid it. I suggest the Musicbrainz Picard tagger. There is a "Classical extras" plugin, but that has some learning curve; try the default and see if it gets you what you want. * Also, foo_discogs can retrieve tags from the Discogs.com website. https://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_discogs . I think you need to register a Discogs account to use it ... and you will get a Written-By somewhere, which is not the same as populating the Composer tag ...
Then: To *show* Composer, you want a Composer column in playlists. When viewing the playlist - where you have column headlines like Album, Track no etc - right-click on one of them, and you will get a menu
Select Columns, and near the bottom, select More. Then you get a configuration page (which you could also have accessed through Preferences) with a "Custom columns" headline. Add New. Give it pattern %composer%. Call it Composer (that is what _you_ will see). OK. Then back to right-click a headline and select Columns>. Then you should see Composer on the list. Click it. Then you should see Composer as one of the columns. You can move it to the left or right.
That's something I've noticed about "audiophiles", it doesn't seem like the music is actually their priority.
I am not sure if I'd reply "not anymore", or would go "well the hard-core ones yes". I was at one of those hi-[fi|end] fairs some time around y2k. Obviously the sales guys tried to convince people that this gear could play music (rather than test CDs I guess), and that is probably how they would sell the audiophilia pill to ordinary people. Then after quite a few rooms, I bumped into one of a distributor known for his arrogance. Sat down in a chair, and ... hey, this does not sound impressive at all ... *listening* what's wrong? Oh. The guitar is NOT three meters wide. It actually sounds like someone playing the guitar, not someone trying to put you inside it. Nobody else was there, so I stuck for quite a while.
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It would be nice to have a small indicator of the media library status (monitoring/initializing/error/whatever) somewhere in the user interface, without clicking a sequence like "Library -> Configure -> Cancel"... Maybe a %media_library_status% field that could be put in status bar?
I'm new to Foobar2000 after about 15 years of intensive WMP use. It seems to be much more customizable so I'm giving it a try.
I'd like to always show the composer field, even when this is empty/unfilled. The purpose is to fill manually every tag of every track of hundreds albums without having to right-click on each track to open the properties tab, which would be way too tedious. I'd like to choose tags I can view in the metadata window in order to fill them quicker using Tab or arrow keys.
Since yesterday, I've read many threads here which mostly helped me but I couldn't find anything about showing empty/unfilled fields of my choice. I tried many things in advanced display preferences I've downloaded and installed Tagbox, thinking this would help me but my problem remains. So after some hours of research, I dare to post here.
Not sure if I'm clear enough with my froggy english... Let me know if there's something you don't understand.
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide.
... Then the only demo track they seem to play is some shitty old horn or string music from the Stone Age. ...
And... Hotel California
(I think I used to enjoy that song before I met audiophiles)
It's ironic that these "audiophiles" love Hotel California so much since the song is all about self-indulgence, excesses and the vices of (then) modern America. Of which they're pretty much the poster boys.
That's something I've noticed about "audiophiles", it doesn't seem like the music is actually their priority. They often have a cliché taste in music and tend to play the same songs over and over again (and lots of Jazz of course, it's all about image with these folks). They're like car collectors who never go on a roadtrip.
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Disregard the above. I downloaded and ran an application called FolderSizes 8 (an interesting utility) which gave me a report on files by type. After running FolderSizes, for whatever reason Foobar then saw everything from the playlist view.
I have no idea WHY this fixed it, but it is fixed.
Guess this is what i keep from this OT ramble, thanks.
Indeed, the full quote was from a question about Ogg-FLAC:
What is the difference between (native) FLAC and Ogg FLAC?
You can think of an audio codec as having two layers. The inside layer is the raw compressed data, and the outside layer is the "container" or "transport layer" that splits and arranges the compressed data in pieces so it can be seeked through, edited, etc.
"Native" FLAC is the compressed FLAC data stored in a very minimalist container, designed to be very efficient at storing single audio streams.
Ogg FLAC is the compressed FLAC data stored in an Ogg container. Ogg is a much more powerful transport layer that enables mixing several kinds of different streams (audio, data, metadata, etc). The overhead is slightly higher than with native FLAC.
In either case, the compressed FLAC data is the same and one can be converted to the other without re-encoding.