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    tagging m4b files

    Hi, I just converted a large batch of mp3s to m4bs, because they are audio books. During the conversion, my tags were lost. I used the tag editor to put them back (with the option in the right click menu), and I had no trouble inputting tag info, but the tags don't show up either in the folder where the files are kept or in iTunes when I play the tracks. The tags do show up when I check the file's properties, though. Can anyone suggest how to make the tag info show up in iTunes? Also, is there a way to preserve tag info when converting? Thanks!!

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    Re: tagging m4b files

    Did you follow the instructions beside the m4b codecs in Codec Central:
    Requires the above m4a codec to read / write ID Tags from .m4b files as well as to decode .m4b files.
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    Download the m4a codec and install it, then you should get tags with your files.

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    Re: tagging m4b files

    Quote Originally Posted by LtData
    Did you follow the instructions beside the m4b codecs in Codec Central: ?
    Download the m4a codec and install it, then you should get tags with your files.
    sorry, i should have mentioned above that i did do that. that's what gave me the convert and id tag options in my right click menu. but like i said, the tags don't appear in itunes or elsewhere, except the pop up info when the cursor hovers over the file.
    Last edited by quartet1977; 08-22-2007 at 08:31 AM.

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    Re: tagging m4b files

    Try installed the new beta m4a codec from the beta section of this forum, there is a problem with dMC using the new version of the nero .exe (above 1.0.7.0 I believe).
    Last edited by LtData; 08-23-2007 at 06:02 PM.

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    Re: tagging m4b files

    Quote Originally Posted by LtData
    Try installed the new beta m4a codec from Codec Central, there is a problem with dMC using the new version of the nero .exe (above 1.0.7.0 I believe).
    thanks, but i didn't see a beta of that codec. could you provide a link? thanks again

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    Re: tagging m4b files

    http://forum.dbpoweramp.com/showthread.php?t=13824

    I meant to say "the new beta m4a codec in the beta section of this forum", message edited.

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    Re: tagging m4b files

    Quote Originally Posted by LtData
    http://forum.dbpoweramp.com/showthread.php?t=13824

    I meant to say "the new beta m4a codec in the beta section of this forum", message edited.
    Thanks! That worked, partially. The tag info doesn't show up in windows explorer, but it does when playing with iTunes. The strange thing is that when placing the cursor over the file, you can see all the tag info. The even stranger thing is that the track length in the tag is doubled when played with iTunes. For example, a track that is six minutes long according to the tag (and my watch) is twelve minutes according to iTunes. Any thoughts on that? Thanks again!!

    EDIT: never mind about the time issue. i got that sorted. but i am wondering why tag info doesn't show up in the directory columns in windows explorer. thanks!
    Last edited by quartet1977; 08-24-2007 at 07:37 AM.

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    Re: tagging m4b files

    Microsoft does not like m4a...

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    Re: tagging m4b files

    this post helped me a lot, thanks, but ..... how do I sort out that "time issue"?

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    Re: tagging m4b files

    Sounds like a bug in iTunes, try reporting to apple.

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    Re: tagging m4b files

    well, I was kinda referring to this:

    Quote Originally Posted by quartet1977
    EDIT: never mind about the time issue. i got that sorted.
    sounds to me like it can be sorted out.

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    Re: tagging m4b files

    ok, I think I found the solution.
    "Force LC AAC" encoding worked for the files I tested.

    just for the archive.

    Cheers,
    Slater

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