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Subject: Re: Not reading genres

Re: Not reading genres

From: Linus Nielsen Feltzing <>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 06:33:49 +0100

Jean Boullier wrote:
> First comment, I do not understand your remark about the v2.3/v2.4
> inconsistency. I have just reread (once more) Martin Nilsson's specs for
> ID3v2.3 and ID3v2.4 and I do not notice the difference between the specs
> applicable for the TCON tag? What do you mean?

The 2.3 TCON frame is supposed to have a genre number in parenthesis,
followed by an optional string. The 2.4 TCON frame is a string only, or
rather, a list of strings, without parentheses.

> Second comment, I am using MusicMatch "for ages" now (I bought a
> life-license long before Archos' birth) and I have never had any problem
> with the core tags, whatever mp3 tool I have used with my files. If they
> could read ID3v2 they could show the genre correctly, otherwise they
> found the ID3v1 at the end and show what MusicMatch had put there.

Rockbox doesn't read the v1 tag if there is a v2 tag.

> Hence my third comment : assuming Rockbox has a problem with a TCON tag
> coding why does it not show the ID3v1 which is there, at least ?

See above.

> All that to say that I have always been a little surprised and
> disappointed that Rockbox blocks on such an apparently trivial matterl?

It's just that we don't try to bend over backwards just to support all
the oddities of the taggers out there. And the TCON frame is one of the
worst ones, since it has changed the format for every version of the V2

Received on 2004-03-25

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