Originally Posted by giomania
Thanks. What about the fact that iTunes picked up the metadata automatically? Was it because it was a fairly new CD (Daughtry) and that is embedded? It did not find any info for the Queen Greatest Hits CD.
Yes, most CDs have complete metadata these days, while you might find older ones that don't. This isn't generally a problem, though, as most full-featured ripping programs can go online and find the data, often along with album art. iTunes is pretty good at that, I believe. One thing to keep in mind is that metadata is just a database of details, and you can generally choose which details you want saved as part of your song files. You can stick to the basics like artist, title, track, etc., or get so involved as to include composer, ripping program, featured artists, and so on. (Genre can get tricky- I've had to come up with my own system to keep that straight.)
Similarly, you can tell the program how to structure the filenames. I'm kind of a stickler for keeping this consistent so my files are nicely organized. Example: a program's defaults might structure the filename as Artist-Album-Title-Track.wav
, etc. (Some use "%" signs as separators- I hate that.) For media players' sake, it's best to choose a structure and keep it consistent.