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Identifying unknown track information

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Q: Is there a way to identify tracks on my iPod that currently have no tag information? Somehow, some of my favorite music on my iPod is completely without identifying information, making it very hard to navigate to and organize, and impossible to expand upon.

- David

A: We admit: when we need to recover information for a mystery track, we still find ourselves typing snippets of the lyrics into Google. It usually works fairly well, although not for more obscure (or certainly instrumental!) tracks.

However, a new method is arising: waveform recognition or “frequency fingerprinting.” New software like ID3Man can check the actual audio characteristics of untagged songs against a database of approximately 3 million existing songs, to determine what’s playing. In our testing, it actually worked for the majority of our test CD-ripped (not live or obscure) tracks, so give it a shot! The company offers 25 free identifications to start with, after which you begin to pay various prices.


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Posted by flevy in TX on June 1, 2006 at 12:32 PM (CDT)


ID3man is actually old software (2004).. and is NOT free.

Musicbrainz is much newer, community driven, faster, and free. I’ve tagged most of my ~3,900 song library with it.


Posted by Josh Powell in TX on June 10, 2006 at 9:07 PM (CDT)


umm, SOS i guess… i connected my 30 GB video iod to a windows 98 comp through eph pod and now my song and video lists have merged… i can’t play the videos anymore… as in i can still hear them but i can’t see them nymore… what do i do?
i’m back on XP now, but it sill doesn’t help…. somebody… help!!!!!

Posted by believer in TX on June 12, 2006 at 5:42 PM (CDT)

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