[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCHv2] flac: ignore IDv3 tags if vorbis tags exist

Reimar Döffinger Reimar.Doeffinger at gmx.de
Tue Feb 3 01:40:46 CET 2015

On 03.02.2015, at 01:26, Lou Logan <lou at lrcd.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 2, 2015, at 03:10 PM, Reimar Döffinger wrote:
>> I'm not really convinced this makes sense.
>> There are thousands of programs that can edit IDv3 tags, but
>> comparatively few that can handle vorbis tags.
>> If both exist, why should the Vorbis tags be more likely to
>> be correct?
>> The warnings I sure agree with though.
> From  http://xiph.org/flac/faq.html#general__tagging
> What kinds of tags does FLAC support?
> FLAC has it's own native tagging system which is identical to that of
> Vorbis. They are called alternately "FLAC tags" and "Vorbis comments".
> It is the only tagging system required and guaranteed to be supported by
> FLAC implementations.
> Out of convenience, the reference decoder knows how to skip ID3 tags so
> that they don't interfere with decoding. But you should not expect any
> tags beside FLAC tags to be supported in applications; some
> implementations may not even be able to decode a FLAC file with ID3
> tags.

Yes, and?
Point one: ID3 won, it is generally supported. Insisting on something else IMHO is just being a pain on the user for little reason and nothing we should strive to emulate.
Point two: If despite that warning a ID3 tag exists, it seems sensible to assume it does so for a good reason and shouldn't be ignored. If it contains wrong information it should be removed, and that is relatively easy to do. I suspect removing FLAC tags isn't as easy in case things are broken the other way round.
I don't really care much, but ignoring an ID3 tag to me seems like the solution with much lower usability.
But if you feel strongly otherwise feel free to ignore my comments.

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