amarok doesn't support id3v2?

Tijl Coosemans tijl at
Sun Aug 21 12:01:22 UTC 2011

On Saturday 20 August 2011 22:31:18 Conrad J. Sabatier wrote:
> On Sat, 20 Aug 2011 12:10:01 -0500
> "Conrad J. Sabatier" <conrads at> wrote:
>> On Sat, 20 Aug 2011 10:22:28 +0200
>> Tijl Coosemans <tijl at> wrote:
>>> I suspect taglib uses id3v2.4 whereas id3lib (used by id3v2 port)
>>> only supports id3v2.3.
>> Ah, interesting.  Hadn't considered such a possibility.
>> Still, I'm puzzled.  If I take a perfectly tagged file, modify it in
>> any way inside amarok, and then try to view the tags again using the
>> command line tool id3v2, all the id3v2 tags have been blown away.
>> Is there that radical a change between the ID3 spec version 2.3 and
>> 2.4 that the tags would be completely unrecognizable anymore by id3v2?
> I asked about this on the id3v2 mailing list, and apparently, it is
> quite likely that some of the newer tags/frames in 2.4 are tripping up
> the older id3v2 tool.  Gonna do a little hex dumping, etc. to verify,
> but it sounds like the probable cause.
> Any replacement suggestions for id3v2?  I've gotten used to using this
> thing in my little custom scripts.  Obviously need something new here.

There's audio/tagutil, but as a generic tag editor it's not as
powerful as an editor specific for id3 tags.
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