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Fixing MP3 ID3 Tag Encoding


I had a huge music library of mostly Taiwanese and Japanese music. The encoding of the text inside the MP3 ID3 tags were wrong. After observing that using thebig5 encoding, the output always looked right:

$ mid3iconv --encoding=big5 --dry-run --debug file.mp3

I ran this command inside the root folder of the music collection to fix up the encoding of the ID3 tags of all the MP3 files:

$ cd ~/music/strange-encoding/
$ find -type f | while read f; do mid3iconv -e big5 "$f"; done

And now, all the MP3 files have readable title, artist and album information!


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