Unable to see/get tags for some mp3s in windows explorer

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  1. Danja

    Danja Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm having some trouble with a couple folders in my music collection. I'm using W7 x64 ultimate, and for most of the folders the description tags are visible and sortable within explorer.exe. However, for some of my folders, there is no metadata. When I right click on a file within these folders and go to properties/details, I am unable to edit any of the fields.

    When I load the file in a program such as TagIT 3, the tags show up fine. Does anyone know how to force explorer (and Windows Media Player, which also can't see the tags), to read them?
     
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    You're probably dealing with ID3 tags, unfortunately this "standard" is a bit of a mess since there are various versions and chapters and character encodings and whatnot.

    Software that's not a dedicated tag editor usually doesn't support all of them completely/properly, so those problematic files are probably tagged in a way Explorer doesn't like.

    Does TagIT show you the ID3 version and character encoding used? If not get something else like Mp3tag, then figure out which tag settings Explorer supports, and re-tag the offending files.
     
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