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Thread: Update *only* metadata, without re-encoding?

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    Update *only* metadata, without re-encoding?

    I tried searching around the forums but didn't have much luck. Here's what I'm trying to do:

    -I have a boatload of FLACs in a directory
    -I batch convert these to MP3 with dBpoweramp (I have 12.4 reference)
    -I drag them into iTunes for use on my iPod

    From time to time in this workflow, I will notice that I screwed something up with the tagging.

    Ideally, what I would like to do is:
    -re-tag the FLACs (i.e. fix the root cause of the problem)
    -have dBpoweramp *just* update the metadata in the associated MP3s.
    -drag the updated MP3s to iTunes to update things there (come to think of it, I'm not sure how smart iTunes would be if I did that...)

    Basically, this would allow me to avoid:
    a) re-encoding the FLACs to MP3 OR
    b) retagging the MP3s directly the same way I updated the FLAC tags.

    Neither a) or b) is that bad for a few tracks here and there, but sometimes there are a lot of them.

    I thought the "Update ID Tag Codec" might do the trick, but if I understand it properly, it won't do what I'm looking for.

    I can think of a few reasons this would be really complicated to implement, and figure I am dreaming, but thought I would ask anyway.



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    Join Date
    Apr 2002

    Re: Update *only* metadata, without re-encoding?

    You could use windows explorer to search for flac files which have been modified, say in the last week, convert only those to mp3 overwriting.

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