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Old 16th September 2012, 18:03   #1
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Genre drop-down in the “File Info” window is NOT populating correctly for FLAC files

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The Genre drop-down in the “File Info” window is NOT populating correctly for FLAC files. It works as expected for MP3 files.

The issue is only with what value displays in the drop-down in the “File Info” window. The correct value displays in the Genre column of the Media Library.

It appears that all FLAC files have a value of “Rock” in the Genre drop-down, regardless of what is saved to the tags.

Can anyone else replicate this problem?
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The Genre drop-down in the “File Info” window is NOT populating correctly for FLAC files. It works as expected for MP3 files.

The issue is only with what value displays in the drop-down in the “File Info” window. The correct value displays in the Genre column of the Media Library.

It appears that all FLAC files have a value of “Rock” in the Genre drop-down, regardless of what is saved to the tags.

Can anyone else replicate this problem?
i can't. perhaps you have id3 tags or some other corruption in your FLACs? or are you using 3rd party codecs?

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is really going to need a small sample file - only thing i can think off (without looking at source code) is the genre may have a space or other whitespace character which is causing the automatic lookup to fail and it defaults to 'rock' for some reason. as the library just shows what is entered, it would look ok.

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RE: Genre drop-down in the “File Info” window is NOT populating correctly for FLAC fi

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is really going to need a small sample file - only thing i can think off (without looking at source code) is the genre may have a space or other whitespace character which is causing the automatic lookup to fail and it defaults to 'rock' for some reason. as the library just shows what is entered, it would look ok.
So I wanted to test your theory a bit DrO. I have a mix of FLACs that I downloaded and ripped myself. It seemed odd to me that they all would have the same issue with the tags given their varied sources. Thus, I made sure to check a sampling that included both downloaded and ripped (using EAC) FLACs. All displayed "Rock" in the drop-down regardless of the actual value for the Genre tag (which is correctly displayed in both the Media Library (ML) and on the "File Info" window's "Advanced" tab).

So then I took my most recent FLAC (downloaded) and updated the Genre via the drop-down in Winamp. I changed it from 'Classic Rock' (displayed in the drop-down incorrectly as 'Rock') to 'Pop'. I clicked Ok, and the ML immediately updated to 'Pop' as expected. Then I went to the next FLAC, and the next, and the next ... they all now show 'Pop' in the drop-down regardless of what is actually saved to the tags and displaying in the ML.

It seems the drop-down is displaying whatever value was last used (instead of pulling the value from the selected FLAC).

Does this new angle on my bug report help?
Can anyone replicate this now?


If you need a small test FLAC file I can make you one. But it doesn't look like the forum accepts FLACs as attachments to posts.
What is the best way/site to get the file to you?
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will give it a go on trying to replicate it that way some point tomorrow (as time allows) so no need to upload anything for the time being.

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i just randomly checked a whole bunch of my FLACs. they all had the correct info. basic, advanced, ML etc. all correct.

i changed one to something else, basic still showed correct for it. checked a different file, basic still showed correct on the different file. changed the first one back, and you guessed it, basic still showed correct.

you didn't answer my questions though. and you should prob provide a plugin list.

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Old 18th September 2012, 13:31   #7
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a plug-in list is unlikely to be of any use in this case. it's something to do with the loading of the artwork page impacting upon the main page. i've wasted 3hrs trying to find the cause and so far cannot determine anything specific other than disabling the artwork page completely or adding in a massive delay seems to resolve it.

the genre is correctly being read from the file and attempted to be set in the genre dropdown but it never seems to be displayed correctly (if i manually query the genre then it gives back the correct genre).

had initially thought it's down to the buttons jtfe hacks onto the dialog but that turned out not to be the case.

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RE: Genre drop-down in the “File Info” window is NOT populating correctly for FLAC fi

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you didn't answer my questions though.
Which question MrSinatra? On whether I'm using third party codecs?

A = Yes, I guess I am. None of my FLACs have been created through Winamp.
All have been created either through EAC (using the FLAC Frontend) or downloaded already encoded by someone else.
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the genre is correctly being read from the file and attempted to be set in the genre dropdown but it never seems to be displayed correctly (if i manually query the genre then it gives back the correct genre).
Does this imply you were able to replicate the issue DrO?

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i've wasted 3hrs trying to find the cause and so far cannot determine anything specific other than disabling the artwork page completely or adding in a massive delay seems to resolve it.
Thank you for your help/time DrO
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yes, i can reproduce something not being right but i cannot pin-point what or why the issue is happening. overall it means i've ended up spending 5hrs+ in the end with nothing to show for it (not happy as this had seemed like something simple otherwise i'd have not even attempted to look into it). so yes i can replicate some weirdness through i'm now not sure if i'm working with a dodgy compile as none of the genre saving is working for me now (so i'm going to have to find some time at a later date to re-build my compiles and try again).

and with that, i'm now going to try to do my actual job.


and where / how the files have been created doesn't seem to make any difference as mine were done through Winamp with artwork associated with them. the best i can tell is there's some sort of memory corruption going on but because _most_ of the things are working when actually checked, it's probably something dumb somewhere that i cannot see for the time being.

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DrO,

can you explain the artwork issue? does this issue only happen if artwork is embedded to the file? what do you mean disabling the artwork page? that tab?

jph6t,

the reason i asked about 3rd party codec is i recently had an issue with genres, and Aminifu was getting different genres on his machine from my files b/c of it. you can see here:

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what i mean is if i prevent Winamp from even attempting to load the artwork tab (so there is no artwork tab) then it seemed to work reliably in the scenario shown. just having the dialog load without any of the code running on it still shows the issue mentioned which is really weird so i need to scrape my mind for anything like that happening before from my win32 days. which is why i'm wondering if there's something else weird going on but i don't have the time to further investigate it now (is no point if i'm not doing the work i'm meant to be doing - though would be fun to get sacked from the contract as then i could just walk away from Winamp and not about crap like this).

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RE: Genre drop-down in the “File Info” window is NOT populating correctly for FLAC fi

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does this issue only happen if artwork is embedded to the file? what do you mean disabling the artwork page? that tab?
Just as an FYI ... the FLACs that are causing me trouble.
None of them have artwork (either embedded OR stand-alone files in the same folder).
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Just as an FYI ... the FLACs that are causing me trouble.
None of them have artwork (either embedded OR stand-alone files in the same folder).
so strange, b/c i can't replicate.

btw, my Q about 3rd party codecs is for playback, not encoding. u can use 3rd party stuff to decode files. also, i still think u and DrO should compare plugin lists, b/c maybe a plugin is influencing things, although its good he has it narrowed down to the artwork tab.

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i don't think the artwork tab is the cause and if this is a memory corruption from somewhere then based on the wasted time, it's likely a white elephant in the room. i am trying to convey that what is going on here is not a simple and in all honesty at the moment i don't feel compelled to look into it any further in the coming weeks.

and it doesn't seem to be just FLAC as i'm seeing crap with the ID3v1 genre list. comparing plug-ins is not going to be any use as i'm getting this with no extra plug-ins (even with jtfe disabled).

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Nothing to add at this point. Just interested in this discussion, and I don't know how to bookmark threads, or otherwise easily keep track of those I don't have a post in.

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Nothing to add at this point. Just interested in this discussion, and I don't know how to bookmark threads, or otherwise easily keep track of those I don't have a post in.
In the future, just click "Subscribe to this Thread" under "Thread Tools" in the bottom-left of the page.
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jph6t,

do you see the issue with lossless m4a (alac) files?

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i've tried to replicate this again against the current internal build and i'm not seeing the issue anymore though i've a suspicion it'll probably still be present in the next public build (only r-tried now as we fixed a few minor memory issues between 3367 and the current internal build which may or may not [more likely] be related to this issue).

as there's no reason for it to be happening but as i cannot replicate anymore and couldn't find a cause let alone a solution when i was able to replicate, i can only assume some sort of weird memory corruption / caching going on.
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I still wonder if there are id3 tags in the FLACs. that's always a thorny issue, b/c sometimes even mp3tag won't report such a state.

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I still wonder if there are id3 tags in the FLACs. that's always a thorny issue, b/c sometimes even mp3tag won't report such a state.
Then how do you check for that?

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S.box server can report such a state. not sure what else does so reliably.

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S.box server can report such a state. not sure what else does so reliably.
My choice of WavPack for a lossless format is looking better and better.

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i doubt it's anything to do with combined tags on files as i re-used the same files i had seen the issue with which 100% only have the vorbis tag on them (seeing as they were ripped specifically to test the issue). and we don't process ID3 tags on flac files even if they were present.
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My choice of WavPack for a lossless format is looking better and better.
not if you care about being able to use your files on a broad array of products and software with no effort on your part. and id3 is a legacy standard that has limitations, and like any of these choices has its own set of pros and cons, as the genre issues between v1 and v2 demonstrate.

the whole reason I am converting from FLAC to m4a (alac) is to increase their universal usability, which to me, is the most important aspect of a filetype format.

as to the id3 in a FLAC issue, it could happen to any format. software that allows id3 to be hacked into a FLAC, (which unfortunately EAC can do), is just behaving badly, its a hack. to be clear, I think that mp3tag can show id3v2 in a flac, but not v1, or maybe vice versa... I forget. I have been able to avoid the issue altogether by being aware of it.

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Then how do you check for that?
The only 100% reliable method for checking for bad tags would be a HEX Editor and a copy of the relevant specs. In the chase for perfection it won't take too long to learn manual decodes of data. This would also allow manual correction. Though may be trickier working with the embedded images in those cases. This is pretty easy to do. I have read whole SQL Databases this way when rescuing corrupted (or "deleted") files. Just takes patience.
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not if you care about being able to use your files on a broad array of products and software with no effort on your part.
That made me laugh. ALAC is an Apple Lock-in scam. Trying to convert everyone over to the "The Apple Way".

That is not a standard, that is an attempt at dominance of the market. Making it "open source" is not enough. If Apple were really about the "community" and "openness" then they would have moved to FLAC like many others are now doing. (See any modern phone - Androids, Blackberrys, etc.... anything that isn't an Apple)

ANYTHING connected with that mess that is iTunes and Quicktime needs to be shot at birth as a horrendous insult to humanity.

Surely, if you want something that plays on a wider array of devices you should be picking Microsoft's WMA Lossless? WMA is supported way wider than ALAC. And even a basic skim of the Wiki article shows FLAC supported on many more different types of devices than ALAC.

Or are you just counting up how many devices Apple have sold and calling that a "broad array"?
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The only 100% reliable method for checking for bad tags would be a HEX Editor and a copy of the relevant specs.
Way back in another life, when I was coding in assembly, a HEX editor was my best friend.

Anyway I have not exprienced the genre box error with the few flacs I have. I have seen it for a long time with the ID3 v1 tab. Hopefully the next release will fix it. But if not, oh well. Dealing with it has become routine for me.

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Way back in another life, when I was coding in assembly, a HEX editor was my best friend.
Everyone should be forced to work in Z80.
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and everyone should be free to use the format that best matches _their_ needs rather than being shoe-horned into format x by others who it may be better for them, but not for others *shrugs*

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I have seen it for a long time with the ID3 v1 tab. Hopefully the next release will fix it. But if not, oh well. Dealing with it has become routine for me.
have you mentioned this before? what's the specific steps to replicate? and what exactly isn't seemingly working correctly? i.e. is the value going into the tag then wrong or is this just a visual issue (assuming it's a genre that can be mapped to a v1 genre value if dealing with id3v2.x tags on the file as well).
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not if you care about being able to use your files on a broad array of products and software with no effort on your part.
TBH, I'm mostly care about the products and software that I use. Also a little effort is good for the mind, body, and soul.

I maintain a passing interest in Apple stuff to sometimes assist a few close friends (whom have bought into the Apple hype) with their issues.

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have you mentioned this before? what's the specific steps to replicate? and what exactly isn't seemingly working correctly? i.e. is the value going into the tag then wrong or is this just a visual issue (assuming it's a genre that can be mapped to a v1 genre value if dealing with id3v2.x tags on the file as well).

Yes, we (you, MrSinatra, and I) discussed this before. I will find and post a link to the thread. But that will have to wait for tomorrow. Have to go to bed now, work tonight.

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that's fine, got a tonne of other things already to work on at the moment before attempting to look into it.
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That made me laugh. ALAC is an Apple Lock-in scam. Trying to convert everyone over to the "The Apple Way".

That is not a standard, that is an attempt at dominance of the market. Making it "open source" is not enough. If Apple were really about the "community" and "openness" then they would have moved to FLAC like many others are now doing. (See any modern phone - Androids, Blackberrys, etc.... anything that isn't an Apple)

ANYTHING connected with that mess that is iTunes and Quicktime needs to be shot at birth as a horrendous insult to humanity.

Surely, if you want something that plays on a wider array of devices you should be picking Microsoft's WMA Lossless? WMA is supported way wider than ALAC. And even a basic skim of the Wiki article shows FLAC supported on many more different types of devices than ALAC.

Or are you just counting up how many devices Apple have sold and calling that a "broad array"?
umm, lets get a grip, shall we?

I use mp3 for lossy, nearly everything in the world uses that. so, no argument there, yes?

I used FLAC for lossless. it made sense at the time, b/c it was the best codec given a variety of factors, including how it technically works, tagging, and especially universality.

but now that apple has made ALAC freely available, its just a matter of time until everything supports it. most important to me is that winamp now supports it, AND iTunes / idevices do. istuff was never going to support FLAC, or WMA for that matter.

so, for my purposes, it is the best solution. nothing else lossless that I know of would just easily and natively work with both winamp and istuff. and again, over time, alac will become nearly as universal as FLAC.

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Yes, we (you, MrSinatra, and I) discussed this before. I will find and post a link to the thread. But that will have to wait for tomorrow. Have to go to bed now, work tonight.
http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?t=354838

also, interestingly related:

http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?t=346981

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that's fine, got a tonne of other things already to work on at the moment before attempting to look into it.
The first link in MrSinatra's post #35 is the thread where we discussed the genre box issue in the Alt+3 editor's ID3v1 tab. I would have sworn it was more than 4 months ago.

Your response then is basically the same as now, i.e. cause unknown. So I'm eager to see if what you said in post #19 (above) changes anything.

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k, will see if i can squeeze in some time to look into it again, though at the moment i cannot promise a solution (especially if based on how things have gone with this that i can no longer replicate the issue).
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is the value going into the tag then wrong or is this just a visual issue (assuming it's a genre that can be mapped to a v1 genre value if dealing with id3v2.x tags on the file as well).
The latest beta build 3381 partly fixes the problem.

Before the value going into the ID3v1 genre tab was wrong, now it is just a visual discrepancy.

The Alt+3 ID3v1 tab still shows the last value used on that tab for entering a genre tag value instead of the genre tag value in the file, but unless the genre tag is also changed when 1 or more of the other tags are changed, the genre tag value in the file is no longer changed to the value that is being displayed.

I can live with that, since what is shown for genre on the basic info and the v2 tabs is what is actually in the v1 genre tag.

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The latest beta build 3381 partly fixes the problem.

Before the value going into the ID3v1 genre tab was wrong, now it is just a visual discrepancy.

The Alt+3 ID3v1 tab still shows the last value used on that tab for entering a genre tag value instead of the genre tag value in the file, but unless the genre tag is also changed when 1 or more of the other tags are changed, the genre tag value in the file is no longer changed to the value that is being displayed.

I can live with that, since what is shown for genre on the basic info and the v2 tabs is what is actually in the v1 genre tag.
really?

that seems wrong. the v1 tag, for genre, is ttbomk, a series of predetermined numeric codes. what is in the basic tab and v2 tab can be anything, but what is in v1 is finite, based on that code list.

so either I am mistaken, or I misunderstand you, or you are mistaken?

as to the rest of what you write, its hard for anyone else to verify, without a method.

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really?
Yes, really. However things are handled technically.

I save both ID3v1 and v2 tags in my mp3s. When using the Alt+3 editor, I use the basic info tab to change tag values for my mp3s, unless I'm changing the genre. If changing genre, I use both the basic tab and the v1 tab to change it to the same displayed value before saving the file.

For example, I select 'blues' for the genre on both the basic info and v1 tabs for a mp3 and save the file, then I look at a mp3 that was previously saved with 'easy listening' on both tabs. The dialog shows 'easy listening' on the basic info and v2 tabs and 'blues' on the v1 tab. Then I change the artist name on the basic info tab and save the file. I look at the file again and the artist name is what I changed it to (on all 3 tabs) and genre still shows 'easy listening' on the basic info and v2 tabs and 'blues' on the v1 tab.

Looking at the file with "MP3 Diags", the genre value displayed is 'easy listening' in both the v1 and v2 tags.

Doing what is described above back in January (with the Winamp version I was using then), the v2 tag would have been 'easy listening' and the v1 tag would have been 'blues'.

So, the problem now is only a visual discrepancy between what is in the v1 genre tag and what is shown (if the last selected and saved v1 genre value is different from what is in the file being looked at). You can use whatever method you want to do this simple kind of test and see for yourself.

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