MusicBrainz Tagger reviewed in the Washington Post

The Washington Post covered the MusicBrainz Tagger in their weekend edition (reg required):

MusicBrainz does this by computing a music file’s digital fingerprint, based on its length and acoustic properties, then seeing if it can find a match in a growing online database of songs. The program will then work its magic, even reporting its confidence in less-than-exact matches. It was right in most of our tests, even when it reported that a song’s fingerprint matched only 55 percent of a title in the database.

Just wait until they see Picard… Speaking of which, I’m supposed to be working on that right now.

MusicBrainz Tagger 0.10.4

The 0.10.4 version of the tagger fixes a number of problems related to saving tracks.

This version contains the following bug fixes:

  • VBR MP3 files that have no ID3v2 tag, but have an ID3v1 tag may have had
    their Xing header corrupted, which could cause these MP3 files to show up with
    incorrect durations in audio players.
  • The tagger now reads the release year from the TYER ID3v2 tag, which means that
    if the ID3v2 tag has the right year, but MB does not, the release year from the ID3v2
    tag will be used when renaming the files.
  • Some files that were previously saved and then saved again, may have had an erroneous (1) appended to the filename.
  • Don Redman provided two improved bitmaps for the save and submit buttons, so that they look better when they are disabled.
  • Don also provided a new animation for the ‘page loading’ animation in the tagger. Thanks Don!

Robert Kaye

MusicBrainz Tagger 0.10.3

The 0.10.3 version of the tagger fixes a number of bugs and provides new options for configuring the file names.

This bug fix version fixes problems in the id3v2 tags generated by the
0.10.2 version. This version also supports logging, removing id3v2 tags
from ogg files, sports new toolbar icons, shows special too short
and silence trms.

With the increased load on the TRM signature server tagging clients may encounter
TRM server busy messages and the tagger now captures those and reminds the user
to donate money to MusicBrainz when the TRM server becomes busy. The tagger also
supports the new %type (album type), %status (album status), %year, $month, %date
(for first release date of the album) and %country (first release country)
variables for the saving tagged files. These values are now also written to
the metadata tags.

Bugs and RFEs Closed

Robert Kaye

MusicBrainz Tagger 0.10.2

The 0.10.2 version of the tagger fixed a number of problems from the 0.10.1 version.

This version fixes a few important bugs from the 0.10.1 version.  Files that were
tagged by clicking on the tag icon may have incomplete artist sortname and artist id
tags.  The saved tab can now be sorted by clicking on the header fields, and the
filename in the tabs will never be cut off — now it gets reasonably truncated
and the most important info should always be visible.  Finally FLAC tagging had
some bugs where tags were getting cleared or not written to disk.

Bugs and RFEs Closed

Robert Kaye

MusicBrainz Tagger 0.10.1

The 0.10.1 version of the tagger fixed a number of problems from the 0.10.0 version.

This version fixes a number of bugs from the 0.10.0 version.  Some MP3s
would have corrupted ID3 tags after being tagged with the tagger – this is now fixed. 
If you have any files that got corrupted by the tagger, download and install this new
version, and then enable the ‘clear tags before writing’ option.  Then re-identify all of
the corrupt files and write new tags.

Also, tagging Ogg Vorbis files would crash fairly often, and tagging via proxy was also broken.  Both of these are now fixed.

Bugs and RFEs Closed

Robert Kaye

MusicBrainz Tagger 0.10.0

The 0.10.0 version of the tagger sports a new cross platform core with many new features, bugfixes and general stability enhancements.

libtunepimp: new MB Tagger core

The tagger has undergone many changes since 0.9.0 — the most
important difference is that the core tagging features now
reside in the libtunepimp library and the MB Tagger is nothing
more than a glorified shell around libtunepimp. libtunepimp
compiles on Win32, Linux and Mac OS X and will be released
seperately in the next few days.

New/Improved Features

New features/changes include:

  • Uses new ID3 library for better stability.
  • FLAC audio format support (http://flac.sourceforge.net)
  • Better stability in Windows XP
  • Improved track recognition rates
  • Improved TRM collision support
  • User controllable TRM collision match threshold
  • User configurable Autosave threshold allows user to automatically
    save files with a similarity above the autosave threshold. This
    feature combined with a watch directory makes it convenient
    to automatically tag and cleanup incoming files.
  • File naming specifications have been improved to be more flexible. New format
    specifiers include: %sortname, $abc, $abc2, %abc3, %0num, %format
  • A separate various artist naming specifcation for naming
  • compilation albums differently from single artist albums

  • A new ‘Saved’ tab where saved files appear
  • User controllable Analyzer thread priority
  • Support for reading/tagging iTunes mp3 files

Bugs and RFEs Closed

Fixed TunePimp Bugs

Robert Kaye