We are all familiar with MP3 and AAC music files, but did you know that these files contain additional information about the song, such as the name of the artist, the album, the song, etc?
This information is stored in so-called "MP3 Tags", which are also known as "id3 tags".
The "The Big Mean Folder Machine" supports music tags in these file formats:
"The Big Mean Folder Machine" can extract the following information from these music files (if present):
You can use the information in these tags to specify the names of the folders within your folder hierarchy. The mechanism works by using a "pattern" supplied by you, which contains "placeholders" that will be replaced with the actual information from your music files.
Here is a complete list of all recognized placeholders:
Music files from reputable online source such as the iTunes Music Store, usually contain all of these "tags". This is not necessarily the case with files of unknown origin or that you "rip" yourself from music CDs. These files may well be missing some of the track information that "The Big Mean Folder Machine" requires or it may wrongly encode them.
When "The Big Mean Folder Machine" cannot find all the information that it requires to correctly replace all the placeholders in your pattern, it will place the file in the "others" folder.
Thus after processing, all files that are not compatible music files or which are missing tags that are required by the pattern that you have specificed, will end up in this "others" folder.
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