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post Oct 15 2005, 15:47
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I am trying to figure out how to properly use (to my taste) itunesencode when transcoding FLAC or APE to .m4a.

For those of you familiar with Itunes, when it encounters a file without tags, or tags it doesn't understand, it writes the converted songs to "Unknown Artist" & "Unknown Album" folders in your target directory.

If the tags are understood, it writes it to "Artist" and "Album Title". Make sense?

I can't seem to get the strings right in Itunedencode.exe to have Itunes read the tags and output to the unique directory of the artists and album title?

When transcoding several albums at a time, every song gets dumped into the same directory. It makes isolating and defining 100+ songs a bitch.

Any ideas? Is this possible or am I doing something wrong?
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post Oct 31 2005, 02:01
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At first I could not get this little gem to work based on my understanding of the included Readme.txt. But now it works awesomely, -with tags, in iTunes 6.013 even! - Using both fb2k .83 OR .9 beta10.

Not sure if this is proper but it works very well for me now.

The detailed info which follows (under ENCODER SETTINGS below) is for version .83.

For version .9 beta10 there are minor differences. There are less options to set (i.e. the output directory, which is temporary - for the wav files, is set via the playlist context menu under 'Convert'. This is specified either after you select 'Convert to...' or by selecting 'Convert to same directory').

Also different in .9 beta10, on the main page of the 'Converter' preferences (named 'Diskwriter' in version 0.83) is the 'Output file names' section which is probably irrelevant if the source files are tagged. (For me the resulting filenames were based on the tags of my flac and ogg sources, so I left this section at the default settings). Generally, I tried to mirror the .83 options for .9 and ignored (or kept the "defaults" on) any other options offered in .9 that weren't in .83.

(Please pardon the lack of screenshots.)

ENCODER SETTINGS: (note the quote marks)

Encoder: Point to iTunesEncode.exe, which I have in fb2k program folder.
Extension: wav
Parameters: -e "AAC Encoder" -a "%artist%" -l "%album%" -t "%title%"
-g "%genre%" -y %date% -n %tracknumber% -i %s -o %d

Format: Lossy
Highest BPS: 16
Tag: None

Leave next two boxes UNchecked:
('Pass floating point..', and
'encoder requires accurate length')

Display name:
iTunes encoder

Generic settings:
Check Only 'Hide console window'


Output directory: UNcheck both 'Always ask before writing' AND 'Same as source file directory'.
-Specify path for a Temp directory i.e. F:\Temp

Output filename formatting: Leave default (i.e. $num(%_diskwriter_index%,3)bla bla ...)

Output presets: Select 'Commandline Encoder: iTunes encoder'

Check 'Ask before writing'

Output bit depth: 16
Dither: Never

Check 'Keep lossless sources at original bitdepth'

Processing: Nothing checked in this section

Check 'Don't expand loops'

Thread priority: Optional (I left at default and it worked well)

**iTunes program must be running.
***Set iTunes import options correctly. Also I have Keep Music folder organized and
copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to Library both checked in Advanced iTunes settings in iTunes 6.013

Let me know if u need the screenshots - I have them.
hal2000 a + warpm a i l d o+ ne t.
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