There are a lot of command line tool programs, however id3iconv is a little different. The program is written in Java and will allow you to convert ID3tags to unicode in a very easy manner. It doesn’t matter what machine you are encoding from – it will work to get it into unicode so that you can ensure that you have the best program possible.
The id3iconv program will convert v1 and v2 tags. It’s important to have a good program that will do this and we have found that this particular software is effective because it sets out to do exactly what it says it will do. It’s also going through a number of tests which means that new versions are being released on a regular basis to fix some of the bugs.
The creator of id3iconv wrote the program as a way to convert mp3 files with Chinese tags to Unicode and play them using different programs. The benefit of being able to do this is that you can use more freeware and open source programs on Linux and other operating systems that reads Unicode instead of ID3 tags. This allows you to spend less money and get better software programs.
International languages shouldn’t interfere with your music or other programs. However, they do. id3iconv has figured out a way to make the conversion process easier. The multi-byte encodings of GBK and others can mean that your software simply can’t handle them. Instead of not having access to your music or being able to catalog them properly by metadata, you can just make conversions.
One warning with the id3iconv is that it updates the mp3 files in place. This means that if you are nervous about losing some of your music, you’ll want to back up your music before running the program.
Some of the fixes to this program include:
- Temp files can be named the original file name
- Better compatibility for encoding process
- Force option available for a v1 tag with a v2 file already existing
- Option to remove v1 tag after conversion
The id3iconv program is easy to use and we like it because there are always new versions coming out.