Questions and Answers

What is different between tagging audiobooks and normal music and why is a special tag editor useful?

Audiobooks usually consist out of several chapters which are saved as separate MP3 files. The correct order of those chapters is really important. A regular music CD can still be fun even when the songs are not in the right order but an audiobook would be completely useless. Unfortunately different devices and apps behave differently when it comes to audiobooks. Some only use the file name or the chapter names to create an order, while others are using track numbers. Unless you pay close attention while tagging you may end up with a useless order of chapters. 

Furthermore it is wise to always use the same tag for author, album, genre, description, etc. Audiobooks which are tagged this way are easier to sort and to list. 

The narrator of an audiobook is just as interesting as the author therefore the audiobook narrator needs a tag as well. In order to easily finde a particular narrator while combing through your collection you should always use the same tag. Additionally you can use the „Album Artist“ input field to save author and narrator together.  

When using a standard ID3 tag editor I always forgot which tag I used for the author or how I numbered the chapters with the last audiobook. Therefore a special tag editor for audiobooks seemed useful to me. It shows me what tags to use and thus organizes my audiobook collection.

Why are meta-information not being loaded from well known websites such as CDDB?

Out of my own experiences I know that CDDB provides really good results for regular music CDs. However audiobooks are usually not found at all or important information is missing. Often the different CDs of the same audiobook are even tagged differently. For example the single tracks of CD 1 are structured in a different way than CD 2 and CD 3. The same goes for other tags and usually the narrator is not mentioned at all. 

Therefore I use websites such as Amazon in order to get meta-information. The MP3 Audiobook Tag Editor has a search function which helps to find a particular audiobook (for example on Amazon). You can then copy & paste (or drag & drop) the information into the tag editor. Furthermore you can drag & drop the audiobook cover from amazon into a picture place holder. 

In which ID3 tags is the recorded data going to end up?

Unfortunately the ID3 standard does not considers the needs of audiobooks. For instance there are no input fields for the audiobook narrator, the publisher or a reference to the printed version.  

Therefore MP3 Audiobook Tag Editor uses the following tag scheme:

Input Field  

Chapter Title TIT2
Author Artist TPE1
Album Album TALB
Narrator Conductor TPE3
Genre Genre  
Track Track TRCK
Year Year TYER
Publisher Publisher TPUB
Description Comment TCOM
Author + Narrator     Album Artist     TPE2


Do I need the Tag Editor if I use iTunes?

No, you can import your audiobook with the help of different suitable tools into iTunes and be completely fine. However you will benefit from a specialized ID3 tag-editor if you prefer a MP3 based audiobook collection.