ID3 Raw Tag Viewer
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Download Preston Media ID3 Raw Tag Viewer. It's only about a 28K download - just seconds even on dial-up. ID3 Raw Tag Viewer requires Microsoft .Net Framework Version 2.0 (not just seconds - especially on dial-up) in order to run.
While my ID3TagBackup program will let you backup your ID3 tags and test your MP3s without ID3 tags, sometimes you just want to know what is going wrong. Perhaps you have a lot of tracks with broken tags and you want to do some testing to see which program is breaking them and how. That's where my ID3 Raw Tag Viewer can help. It will allow you to view the raw bytes in each frame in your tag. You can delete individual frames or the entire tag.
ID3 Raw Tag Viewer will display or delete ID3V1 and ID3V1.1 tags and will allow you to display, delete, or remove frames from ID3V2.2 and ID3V2.3 tags. It currently does not support ID3V2.4 tags.
You can learn more about ID3 tags at http://www.id3.org.
To learn more about ID3 Raw Tag Viewer, you can view the ID3 Raw Tag Viewer Readme.txt file.
To use the ID3 Raw Tag Viewer program, you must have installed on your PC the Microsoft .Net Framework, Version 2.0. If you don't have it, get it from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0856eacb-4362-4b0d-8edd-aab15c5e04f5&amp;amp;amp;amp;displaylang=en
Download Preston Media ID3 Raw Tag Viewer at http://www.DalePreston.com/downloads/ID3RawTagViewer.zip.
3-19-2007, Version 1.0.2634.37121 released which fixes a bug in the handling of ID3V2.2 tags preventing them from displaying properly.
Also, I (an apparently others out there) really like your approach to MP3 tags. It seems that too many program just reveal their "default" tags. I like to be able to see the non-default ones (for example, I did not know that the encoder used to create the MP3 was in a tag, since no program lists it.)
I believe the next version of this program would allow the viewing of a directory or directory structure of MP3 files. I'm envinsioning an excel style table with the name of the tag, and what it means (TIT2 / Song Name) as the column headers with each file occuping a row. This would enable quick viewing of lots of MP3 files, and editing if needed. (My main reason for this is to remove extra information from files, like the CDDB lookup for iTunes, etc) Also, like Rick pointed out, this would finding duplicate tags (like his album art problem). It would be nice if the album art tag could be viewed as a picture also.
I know this is a lot to ask, I'm just providing ideas on what I would like, so you'll know at least one person out there needs a program like this.
Have a good one, and I look forward to viewing your blog often.
To run any .Net application from a network share requires some special security features like being signed and coming from a location configured on your own PC as a trusted location. That's whether the file is run from a network share or over the Internet. And it probably wouldn't hurt to move the file to a FAT volume and then back again in order to remove the alternate data streams attached by IE.
I have frame viewers for text, comment, and picture frames in an enhanced version of the raw tag viewer that I am developing as part of a larger wrapper for WMP.
FYI: I was a MusicMatch Jukebox Plus user before Yahoo acquired and then trashed what I considered to be the best digital music application. MMJB allowed you to specify album art at the individual song level. You were not hindered by having to apply a global album picture to each song. Since I had art from many original LPs that I wanted to attach to the new digital songs that were issued under Greatest Hits and other collections, it was perfect for this.
Now, my question (challenge) for you: I have tried your ID3 viewer and ID3 tag backup (nice applications, my regards for your work) to do some research on how much damage WMP did to my hard work. What I am seeing is that the folder.jpg's have been corrupted (downsized) as you mention but when my songs play in MMJB, it displays the original higher quality image since they appear to still be successfully embedded in the ID3 tag. >>> Is there anyway to extract these images out to their separate .jpg files so that I can recapture all of this work?