Re: integration with CD ripping program(s)
All, thanks for your responses. I see that I didn't state my request very well, so I'll try to clarify.
First, Ken, I agree, I'm quite happy that CATraxx uses CDDB, and I'm not trying to suggest it do otherwise. (Although IMO freedb is sometimes more "accurate" than CDDB, I prefer CDDB results overall).
Second, hamsen, the problem I'm having doesn't involve tags in general, just artist name and album title. (Although your tag comments are appreciated, which is why I'm so interested in your utilities!)
Third, Ken has made me realize my issue is with the ripping software, so my request should really be directed to the EAC and CDex authors, but since Fredrik is so responsive, I'll try to put the burden on him.
Here's the situation. I like to store my mp3's in a folder structure of the form
...\<basefolder>\<artist name>\<album title>\...
where <artist name> is in the form <last, first> i.e., the CATraxx Artist SortBy value. I think I'm not alone in this, correct? And since CATraxx since seems naturally oriented to this structure, so far so good.
The problem is that freedb returns results to EAC/CDex that are incompatible with this structure. freedb usually (but not always!) returs an artist name of <first last> rather than <last, first>. The result is that, for example, the ripping software puts the tracks to album "Kind of Blue" in the path
...\Miles Davis\Kind of Blue\... rather than ...\Davis, Miles\Kind of Blue\... (To make matters worse, the album title often varies, too!) So right now, I have a lot of manual cleanup to do (sometimes before rip, sometimes after, but that's a different story).
My (probably impractical) request is that I'd like CATraxx to be somehow integrated with the ripping software to the degree that CATraxx can force the tracks to be ripped into a structure of
...\<CATraxx Artist SortBy>\<CATraxx Album Title>\...
(Note that I don't care if the track names don't match, because CATraxx Attach Audio Files works even if the names don't match. Nor do I care if track tags don't match; I'm using whatever CATraxx imports from CDDB.)
I hope that clarifies things. Feel free to "rip away" at this clarified request. I'm very open to alternate solutions, especially ones that would utilize the software as is. In that vein, Doug, do you still think your CDPLAYER.INI suggestion will work?
Again, thanks for all your thoughtful responses. You guys are great.