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Correct Asian music ID3 tags using iTunes
Authored by: Chancha on Mar 02, '04 10:29:38PM
Not sure about other Unicode ID3 tags, but I have been dealing with Japanese tags specifically s-jis ones enough to find this work around:

(applies when you have gibberish ID3 tags of Japanese mp3s with shift jis encoding, typically ripped/tagged by Windows users)

1) (iTunes must not be opened for this step) Change your OS X app UI language into Japanese (localization). Do it in System Preference -> International -> Language (1st tab), drag "Nihongo" to the top of the list. If it isn't there yet, click "Edit" and find the checkbox for it and check it, go back out and it will be there

2) launch iTunes, import said mp3s like you would usually. Now gibberish may or not appear*.

3) whichever the case, right click on the mp3(s), click the one with "ID3" in the text (it would be "Convert ID3 Tags..." in English environment). Check the 2nd checkbox, and click the first radio button which is ASCII to ISO Latin-1. Click OK and the tags should convert to be "displaying right" at least (legiable).

4) we are not done yet. This step is a bit tedious and I haven't gotten a work around yet. May be some Applescripts for renaming can help but not by much. Anyway, what you just did in step3, the "ASCII to ISO" was just a "display switch", the ID3 itself hasn't been edited yet. What you have to do now is to go into the ID3 info of each mp3 (cmd+i), within each and every field that has Japanese text, change it to something else and then change back so that iTunes will save the right one at the end. Usually I just put a character at the back or start of the field. Make sure you add something to the tag and then click OK, and cmd+i again and change it back to the "right" tag (so iTunes saves TWICE). By this method you can ensure the switched tags will absolutely display right even after you launch iTunes under English localization. I believe by doing this you should end up having 100% Unicode tags, not too sure though.

* iTunes sometimes already handles some Japanese tags (with encodings other than UTF-8) right if you launch it under Japanese localization. I am positive that it doesn't happen if you just run it under English
PS: I don't deal with other Asian ID3 tags so I am not sure if the same can work with respective localizations.

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Correct Asian music ID3 tags using iTunes
Authored by: octavius on Mar 04, '04 03:59:28AM

doing this can break OS X stuff like pref panes. thats why i dont use this



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