Understanding metadata and additional command line options 2020-04-10 03:51:17 I just downloaded EAC v1.5 as an alternative CD ripper (I also downloaded CueTools). I’m trying to understand additional command line options under EAC>Compression Options, and from what I gather this is where you tell EAC what metadata you want to collect. 1. Can I assume that the order of the parameters, or placeholders I guess they’re called does not matter in this field? 2. Is this metadata mainly for players to retrieve, so it can be displayed on a screen or used in cross-reference, for instance if you told the player to “play everything from 1969”? 3. Is all this metadata accessible by the user under Properties in Windows Explorer?I found a short tutorial from a techradar article from 2017, https://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-rip-your-cds-to-flac and their suggestion for placeholders differs from the default string in EAC in a couple spots. I’ve pasted only the differences below, the tutorial in green and the EAC default in red.-8 -T "PERFORMER=%albuminterpret%" -T "ALBUMARTIST=%albumartist%"-6 -T "BAND=%albuminterpret%" -T "ALBUMARTIST=%albuminterpret%" %hascover%--picture="%coverfile%"%hascover%First, the default compression level is set to 6 and the article suggests 8. From what I’ve read, most seem to choose higher compression. There are those that claim maybe higher numbers are harder for players to decode, but no confirmation on this. I don’t care about the extra encoding time, I would like to do this only once.4. So, does anyone have a reason to choose 6 over 8 aside from the encode time? Another difference is the default string uses %albuminterpret% for both BAND & ALBUMARTIST.5. Is that normal, or a mistake in the default string?Also, the default string adds cover art placeholders. Not sure why the techradar article omitted cover art, but I’ve read a lot of users omit it since they want to load their own hi-res pictures into the file. I’m not sure how to decide on artwork placeholders.6. Is the cover art embedded in the file like metadata, or just a .jpg that resides in the folder with the audio files?If it’s just a .jpg in the folder, then I assume one reason it should be there, aside from just being able to open it up to look at or read details, lyrics, etc., is so players can display it, and a hi-res cover would display better on a large monitor like a tv. Not sure how car stereos would handle it, but I guess you shouldn’t be looking at cover art while driving anyway! For me, I would definitely want hi resolution pictures not just for the cover, but the back and all inside content as well- I’m archiving these CDs so I want to save everything except the jewel case. 7. If I did have all that artwork in the folder, how would the player display it- cycle through all of the image files, or just display one? 8. Should I leave out artwork placeholders if I’m going to scan all of the CD booklets anyway? Even if the jackets are lost or damaged, I guess you could use downloaded images for those, or make a separate ripping template for them that includes cover placeholders. Would appreciate everyone’s opinions and insights on the subject!