I noted in my review of the Dr. Smith album earlier this week that the CD was too new to be in the Gracenote database, and that I’d semi-laboriously keyed in all that stuff. While I think I got everything correct, I can’t swear to it, and I have to figure that even if I didn’t goof something up on this album, somebody else goofed something up on another.
In several versions of Winamp there is an Auto-Tag function tied to the Gracenote database. Vikram describes it thusly:
Auto-tagging is a feature which was added in Winamp 5.5 and later versions couple of years back. It tags your mp3 files using the Gracenotes CDDB server, doesn’t relies on any kind of meta-data present in file, neither it does uses the file name for this purpose. It can even tag a file correctly even if you rename the file… The feature renames the ID3 tag information of mp3 files automatically with details like Title, Artist, Album name, Year, Genre, etc.
I hadn’t used it before, and I wasn’t planning to use it yesterday, but I got clumsy with my mousing. I had scissored out — some of you may want to cover your eyes — the closing theme from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, all 27 seconds of it, with the idea of evaluating it for ringtone potential. While filling in the blanks in Winamp’s tag editor, I inadvertently hit the Auto-Tag button, and this is the song the database thinks I have. Makes me wonder just what criteria it’s using.