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Subject: Re: APEv2 tag support?

Re: APEv2 tag support?

From: Fred Maxwell <>
Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2004 10:29:07 -0400

Magnus Holmgren wrote:

> I don't know if it is superior, but it is simpler and more flexible. A bit
> like Vorbis tags, if you're familiar with them.
> What you have is a list of tags, with a name and a value (a=b), and you're
> free to use whatever name you want (within a limited charset). The data
> can be plain text (UTF-8 encoded) or binary data (so you can store images
> if you really, really want to). Of course, for this to be useful, there
> need to be some standard names, but a user can add any extra fields they
> want.

This kind of "flexibility" is the last thing that MP3 files need. I
don't want everyone and their brother creating new tags. I don't want
to have to strip out weird tags from every file that someone gives me.
I don't want to find out that some kid downloaded a song on Kazaa and
then found a tag that contained an image of some deviant sex act. I
don't want tags that can store executable code - because you know
someone will use it for that and the "cool video" in the tag will turn
out to be yet another worm/virus.

What's needed is a simple standard that suits 99.7% of users. The other
.3% don't need to be satisfied. That's the problem with much of
software today: excessive effort being spent on satisfying a tiny
fraction of the users. Look at Microsoft Word: How many of us really
needed Visual Basic Scripting in our word processing documents? Was
there are real need to import video into a document?

The only real flaw with ID3V1.1 tags is their limited lengths. Double
the lengths for artist, album, and song name and that would be fine. I
don't need to have pictures of the artist, pictures of the album cover,
song titles in Mandarin Chinese, Bengali, Dongxiang, and Telugu, or
binary data of any type.

   Fred Maxwell

Received on 2004-04-07

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