A complete guide to Foobar 2000


Standard Input Settings

Now select the Standard inputs tab.

Tag type to write
. The drop-down menu specifies the type of tag(s) to write to tracks. Five options are available:

APEv2 tags only. APEv2 in an updated version of the tagging system using by Monkeyís Audio. It offers some of the informational freedom of ID3v2.x combined with the speed of ID3v1.x as itís stored at the end of a track. Similar to ID3v2.x however, support for reading APEv2 tags in other media players may be limited.

APEv2 & ID3v1. Select this option to write both APEv2 & ID3v1 tags, this provides for both improved tagged data & better compatibility via ID3v1 tags. Performance should also be good as both are written to the end of the files.

ID3v1 tags only. ID3v1 tags are the least complicated of tag type, supporting only a handful of informational fields, i.e. Title, Artist, Album, Comment (These 4 limited to 30 characters each), Year & Genre. ID3v1.1 adds Track Number support. This makes it comparatively limited in the information that can be stored on a track. In its favour, the ID3v1.x tag is located at the final 128bytes of a file, making it fast to update changes & itís also perhaps the easiest tag to find supported by other media players (Software or hardware, e.g. iPod).

ID3v2. ID3v2 is an updated version of ID3v1.x, eliminating the limitations of the previous version, e.g. 30 character field limits, & adding numerous extra fields & other functions. Unlike ID3v1.x however ID3v2 tags (Pre-ID3v2.4 anyway) are stored at the beginning of a track, making it slower to save changes than other tag types supported (Depending on file size too of course) as often the entire file will need to be re-written in many instances. Support for ID3v2 tags in other applications may also be an issue.

ID3v2 & ID3v1. Select this option to write both ID3v2 & ID3v1 tags, this provides for both improved tagged data & better compatibility via ID3v1 tags. As before however, performance can be considerably slowed when using ID3v2 tags as the entire file may need to be re-written while updating the tags.

Remove ID3v2 tags while updating. Should you not have selected to write ID3v2 tags previously, then it would be recommended to select this option to remove them whenever youíre updating a file that contains ID3v2 tags.

Real-time bitrate display for VBR files. Select this option to enable the display of the actual current bitrate of VBR (Variable Bit Rate) encoded tracks (as opposed to only the average). This is displayed in parenthesis beside the average bitrate of a track:

If you can get by without this feature then unselect this option.

Update every X frames. X specifies the number of data frames between updating the current bitrate of VBR encoded tracks. As you can probably guess, selecting a higher number yields a larger interval between updates and vice versa. Set this to your own preference.


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