How to tag mp3 files

I have a collection of mp3 files which I have named in the form "ARTIST – TITLE.mp3" and wanted to get them tagged properly.
My first plan was to write a Python script to do so, I tried two Python libraries: pytaglib and eyeD3. pytaglib didn’t install, on Windows you need a Visual Studio C++ compiler installed to make it work, which I don’t have currently. pytaglib was the reason why I tried to deal with ubuntu which confronted me with lots of other problems and finally didn’t buy me anything since pytaglib also didn’t install properly on ubuntu and ran into some other compile issues.
eyeD3 installed but apparenty can not handle modern mp3 tag formats.
I also tried MusicBrainz recommend in this article "How to tag all your audio files in the fastest possible way", but its user interface is weird and didn’t get me my files tagged. And I tried the linux id3tag command mentioned in the same article, again no success, looks like it does not support latest tag formats neither.
Then I bumped into Mp3tag for Windows. Brilliant. It made it a piece of cake to tag my mp3 files through a function ‘filename to tag’ where you can specify some sort of pattern for the filenames you have been using, %Artist% – %Title%.mp3 in my case, and a few clicks later all my files have been tagged properly.
I right away donated 5 bucks to the author of this freeware tool.

My favorites for week 4, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout books

Do you still read books ? Or do you spent just too much time with your e-mail, instant messenger, mobile gadgets and rss reader / feeder ?

And if you still use books, are these the once made of paper where you manually have to turn pages ? Or do you prefer electronic or even interactive books meanwhile ? Moderately Confused ? Don’t worry too much. Finish reading my blog, then grab a book Wink.

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout computer pixels escaping into the real world

PIXELS by PATRICK JEAN.” is a well done video on Dailymotion showing how computer pixels escape into the real world. If you are from an older generation like me you probably will recognize a lot of those older classic computer games you spent some time with when you were younger, or may be even today sometimes. Thanks to tools like DosBox you can still run those old games on modern computers. I must admit: I started playing “Oh, no more Lemmings” again. And again got stuck at level 16, Rated Crazy. Some day I’ll find the solution. Or cheat here.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout two relaxed hippos

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"Xmas in Sthn States 2010 314" by Stonestreet’s Coaches – The Extra Mile.

I never heard of the Sthn States, but apparently they are in Australia, most probably the Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland regions.. That’s where this photo “Xmas in Sthn States 2010 314” has been taken. Those two guys look pretty relaxed, don’t they ?

Surprise Something to surprise: my favorite "I really didn’t know this" of the weekabout the internet 2010

Did you know that in 2010

  • 107 trillion e-mails have been sent over the internet ? ( If you are uncertain about how large that number is, WolfframAlpha can help; it is 5.4 times the number of red blood cells in the human body. )
  • 294 billion e-mails have been sent per day, 89 % of those have been spam ? ( That’s roughly the number of stars in our galaxy )
  • 1.88 billion people on this world use e-mail, and 1.97 billion use the internet ?
  • there are 152 million blogs available in the internet ?
  • 2 billion videos are watched on youtube every day, and 35 hours of video are uploaded to youtube every minute ? ( I already mentioned this in week 45 last year )
  • 5 billion photos are hosted on flickr and 3000 are added every day ?

Source: These and more interesting facts and numbers you can find in “Internet 2010 in numbers”.

Cool Something to discover: my favorite bookmark of the weekabout a audio-visual wiki

Lifehacker today presented Qwiki – a mini, visually-rich Wikipedia that reads to you.  After watching the presentations about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Albert Einstein, General Relativity and Gravitation I checked out the one about IBM.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout good and bad, wrong and right

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.

A large enterprise apparently needs Business Conduct Guidelines, and tons of other rules like export regulations for example or IT security guidelines and social computing guidelines. And apparently there is a need to re-train all employees every year and get them "re-certified". This simple rule by Abraham Lincoln does not seem to be sufficient to find out what is right and what is wrong in our daily decisions about how to behave. What a pity, life could be so simple if we just would trust our gut feelings.