FS#768 - ID3 tags being mis-read or not being read at all.

Attached to Project: Rockbox
Opened by Jason Tye (tracktheripper) - Thursday, 16 January 2003, 22:42 GMT
Last edited by Daniel Stenberg (bagder) - Friday, 05 December 2003, 09:39 GMT
Task Type Bugs
Category Music playback
Status Closed
Assigned To No-one
Operating System
Severity Very Low
Priority Low
Reported Version Daily build (which?)
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 0
Private No


I have a Jukebox Recorder 10 and im using the latest
Bleeding Edge of the Rockbox firmware and im using
the Archos firmware 1.27d for my recording and playlist

When using Rockbox for playback sometimes it mis-
reads ID3 tags, e.g J. Lo comes out as J. Lot or J. Loz
or sometimes it fails to show the ID3 tag altogether.
When loading up the MP3 into Musicmatch, Windows
Media Player, Winamp or even the Archos firmware the
tags read fine. Even re-entering the tag with
Musicmatch's tag editor results in the same problem.

The only way to get round it is to decode the MP3 back
to WAV (to remove all tags) re-encode it back to MP3
then re-apply the tag, then Rockbox reads it fine, but I
have a feeling that decoding an MP3 back to WAV then
re-encoding it to MP3 causes some quality loss.

Please fix this minor flaw, then Rockbox will be bang-on
This task depends upon

Closed by  Daniel Stenberg (bagder)
Friday, 05 December 2003, 09:39 GMT
Reason for closing:  Works For Me
Comment by Robert E. Hak (adiamas) - Thursday, 16 January 2003, 23:27 GMT

Can you post some sample mp3's you are having a problem with somewhere and let us know? We need to be able to test this for ourselves to try and find the prob.

I suspect it may be your files.
Comment by Jason Tye (tracktheripper) - Thursday, 16 January 2003, 23:53 GMT

well Adiamas I went through my MP3s. The files freshly
ripped from CDs using Musicmatch are fine. Before I bought
Musicmatch I was using a basic freeware program called
Freerip which I believe uses the old crappy Blade codec.
(Musicmatch uses the modern Fraunhofer codec)

So i believe files made from Freerip may be the source of the

Cheers for your help though.
Comment by Björn Stenberg (zagor) - Friday, 17 January 2003, 10:54 GMT

We still need a failing file to fix the problem.