I’ll interleave my replies in color
…and yes, my eyes have glazed over, and I’m totally lost.
YOU WROTE: "you need to individually tag each disc as “disc 1 of 4”, “Disc 2 of 4” etc…"
How would I arrange that on the itunes interface?
Don’t allow iTunes to organize your files, organize them before iTunes gets a chance to screw them up. I don’t let iTunes organize files…
because as you’ve discovered, it does a less than stellar job…
(I’ve previously had to format a drive and copy from a backup drive after itunes was done…)
Say I’m ripping a series of disks called, “How to Train Your Iguana”.
There are seven disks in the set.
what yu do is first create a catch-all folder called "Audio"
then under that you create “Music” and "Audio books"
think of them less as “folders” as "file cabinet drawers if you can accept my midification of the metaphore of “folders & Files”
Then in each folder create further subfolders for "Artist (or “author” as the case may be) and under that each “Title” (album or Book)
and under that you seperate it by Disc (simple, disc 1, Disc 2, etc…)
So for example in my Case it would be
G:\mp3 Library\Led Zeppelin\The Box Set\Disc 2\ 015 Stairway to Heaven.mp3
you’ll need to set your extraction software to create appropriatly named folders, I use Exact Audio Copy for all my extraction from physical CD’s and do my creation of compressed files as a seperate operation
And my EAC is set to automatically create the nested folders based on artist/disc/track
Would I create a playlist called, “HTTYI”…
Rip the tracks on the first disk…
Create a folder in the playlist called HTTYI - DSC1…
and include the tracks in this folder?
Would the creation of a separate folder per disk keep everything separate, but far more accessible?
Is “playlist” in iTunes simply another name for, “Folder”?
I’m not entirely sure what a playlist in iTunes does, I usually use Windows Media Player for playing back things on my computer
I know how to download off cnet.com, but how do I use tagscanner?[/QUOTE]
To use Tag Scanner first you need to “Browse for files”
but you need to do some basic setup of the program first
with TagScanner downloaded, installed and opened go to the little question mark at the top right of the screen. when that page opens cligh the “tags” tab and look for the top item under special tag settings and set
"write unicode" to “Never”
the reason for this is if the files are tagged with unicode, and later burned to burnable media and played back on some car stereos (particularly Sony, Alpine or JVC) the tag information will display as gibberish.
I find it simpler to not write tags as unicode, NOT using unicode is never a problem.
as to the actual Nuts & bolts running of tag scanner it might be better if we exchange phone numbers via PM and I talk you through it
rather than each of us get carpal tunnel for all the typing…
BTW, TagScanner is also useful as a “Search” program to find audio files on a hard drive
I wind up doing a lot of file recovery and if I set it to search an entire drive for audio files it finds them…
Telling it to browse an entire hard drive can take some time, but it finds ALL the compressed codec files