Tag problem opening FLAC downloads

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mikerob
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Tag problem opening FLAC downloads

Post by mikerob » Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:59 am

Tag wasn't able to open FLAC files purchased and downloaded from http://www.somarecords.com

The error message was "An error occurred while opening the document "filename". The file does not appear to be a valid FLAC file."

Max was able to convert these files to WAV and MP3 without any problem.

FLAC file downloads from this website do not contain any tag information - I can send a sample file if you can give me an ftp server or email address however they are all 30M+.

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Re: Tag problem opening FLAC downloads

Post by sbooth » Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:09 pm

mikerob wrote:FLAC file downloads from this website do not contain any tag information - I can send a sample file if you can give me an ftp server or email address however they are all 30M+.
It is possible that Tag doesn't play nicely with files with no pre-existing metadata- but you should only get that error message if the file contains no STREAMINFO block, which would be weird.

Could you post the output of metaflac for the file in question?

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Re: Tag problem opening FLAC downloads

Post by mikerob » Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:13 pm

sbooth wrote:
It is possible that Tag doesn't play nicely with files with no pre-existing metadata- but you should only get that error message if the file contains no STREAMINFO block, which would be weird.

Could you post the output of metaflac for the file in question?
What is metaflac and how do I get the output?

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Re: Tag problem opening FLAC downloads

Post by sbooth » Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:45 pm

mikerob wrote:What is metaflac and how do I get the output?
metaflac is one of the command-line tools that come with the FLAC distribution. It allows one to inspect and set the various metadata blocks that FLAC supports.

It is reasonably simple to get, but it would require either installing DarwinPorts or downloading the FLAC source code and compiling it.

I could also send you a statically-linked binary of metaflac if you'd like- just e-mail me.

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Post by mikerob » Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:58 pm

I've sent you a PM with my email address,

thanks,

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